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This issue of the Journal contains several papers that should be of interest. The first paper by Dr. Stephen Bailey and colleagues is titled “Lack of Relationship Between Functional and Perceived Quality of Life Outcomes Following Pulmonary Rehabilitation.” The findings of this paper are interesting in that at completion of a pulmonary rehabilitation program, the improvements observed in the 6 minute walk test do not correlate to measured changes in perceived quality of life. I believe these results indicate the importance of measuring improvements in outcomes using multiple instruments to measure change in a variety of domains.
The paper by Dr. Anne Swisher and colleagues titled “Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Specialty Practice: Determining Current Practice” details the practice analysis that the Section's Specialty Council recently performed as they updated content of the Specialty Examination. As a part of this paper, the authors also provided an interesting historical perspective of the specialty process, particularly as it relates to cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy specialty practice.
The Research Corner by Dr. Michael Puthoff provides information regarding how the Short Physical Performance Battery Assessment Tool can be utilized in cardiovascular and pulmonary populations. His paper provides a perspective on use of an outcome assessment that we may not normally think of as being directed towards patients with cardiovascular or pulmonary diagnoses.
Finally, there were many excellent poster and platform presentations at the recent Combined Sections Meeting in Nashville. Dissemination of research data is so important as we all strive to improve practice and justify interventions. I am hoping to see several manuscript submissions in the future from these presentations.