Research and Education - March 2019
MAAT: Providing Understanding and Order to the Construct of Prosthetic Mobility
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
In its original application, maat refers to the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, and order. It was also the name of an Egyptian goddess who personified these virtues and brought order from chaos. However, as an acronym in the field o...More...
O&P Ten Years Later, Part Two: The Economics of Outcomes
By Judith Philipps Otto
In early 2009, O&P experts identified trends most likely to impact the profession during the next decade and discussed challenges that lay ahead for O&P professionals and suppliers. In the first of a new three-part series, our January 2019 issue r...More...
How International Training Develops Innovative and Compassionate Clinicians
By Ashley Mullen, MSAT, CPO/L, and Jared Howell, MS, CPO/L
The rapid development of technology in the 20th and 21st centuries has undoubtedly resulted in a world in which physical and political borders have become less pronounced. Through this lens, the disparities in regional and global healthcare standa...More...
Academy Society Spotlight: Sensory Processing Sensitivities: Pediatric Orthotic Considerations
By Heather Willets, MPO, CO
Sensory processing has been defined as "the neurological process that organizes sensation from one's own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment". 1 These nuances, different for every...More...
Prótesis Imbabura: A Case Study on Sustainability in Ecuador
By Jason Rovig, CPO
When I walked into Prótesis Imbabura Clinic, I saw Ecuadorian O&P clinicians Gabriela Dávila fitting AFOs on triplets with muscular dystrophy and Jairo Collaguazo giving an O&P lecture to a group of physical therapy students from the local univers...More...
C-Brace Helps Mother Return to an Active Life
By Betta Ferrendelli
Hannah Eldridge had scoliosis as a child, which caused numbness and shooting pains in her back and legs. In November 2014, after years of constant discomfort, a 23-year-old Eldridge was treated with an epidural to help with the pain and numbness,...More...
Multitasking or Multifailing?
By Nina Bondre, CPO
Multitasking is more like multifailing. If you are someone who is proud of how quickly you can switch between texting, Facebook, emails, fabrication forms, writing notes, and phone calls, you may need to pause and reconsider. Some jobs promote thi...More...
Exploring Your Options as an O&P Educator
By Sara L. Peterson, PhD, CPO, FAAOP, and Taavy A. Miller, MSPO, CPO
To continue to educate future O&P practitioners, there is a need for experienced certified practitioners to consider teaching. There are two avenues O&P practitioners can take to assist with teaching: They can teach in a National Commission on Ort...More...
Needs Assessment Survey Results for an O&P Doctoral Program
By Thomas Karolewski, CP/L, FAAOP, and Gerald Stark, PhD, CPO/L, FAAOP (D)
The concept of a terminal doctoral degree in O&P has been discussed for several years. In May 2015 the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) sponsored an educational summit meeting that discussed the future direction of...More...
Wait, Don’t Write Off That Claim!
By Erin Cammarata
The sentence almost every business owner hates the most is, "We'll have to write it off." It is just as painful and frustrating every time no matter the dollar amount of the claim. What if I told you there were more avenues available before you co...More...
Editor’s Note - March 2019
By Andrea Spridgen
Improvement and success are only found with continual growth. In any profession, as in life, growth requires knowledge. To that point, the drivers of increased knowledge within O&P, research and educational opportunities, are essential to the grow...More...
By Andrea Spridgen
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