Vestibular Disorders: Fear-Avoidance Beliefs and Perceived Disability

PTJ talks with Pamela Dunlap about fear-avoidance beliefs and how measurement of those beliefs can help clinicians identify people at a greater risk of disability after vestibular disorder. “We had hypothesized that fear-avoidance would be associated with symptom burden, function, quality of life, disability, and psychological distress,” Dunlap says, but until the development of the Vestibular Activities Avoidance Instrument, there was no measure. https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/101/9/pzab147/6297426

During the Covid-19 Pandemic — One Size Does Not Fit All: Author Interview With Mark Werneke

In a descriptive study that’s already been featured in 14 news stories, Mark Werneke, PT,  and colleagues analyzed data on more than 222,000 patients in the Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes database. Werneke and Jette talk in depth about the relatively low use of telerehabilitation in the outpatient population studied.
https://academic.oup.com/ptj/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ptj/pzab110/6224412

Help for Clinicians in Applying Clinical Practice Guidelines for Patients With Heart Failure: Author Interview With Dr Konrad Dias

Dr Dias and his coauthors provide an antidote to the barriers that make it difficult to apply clinical practice guidelines to patients. “There are many inconsistencies in the examination and treatment…[for patients with] heart failure, [and] so often physical therapists have developed their own biases…based on their years of clinical experience,” which present challenges to changing practice based on new evidence. Dias et al wanted to provide an easy-to-use 5-step approach to improve care: “Let’s face it, it’s challenging…to read through 25 pages or more of dense content published in guidelines.” In this interview with Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette, Dr Dias shares his passion for this patient population and practical frameworks at point of care. Dr Dias is coauthor of “A Knowledge Translation Framework for Optimizing Physical Therapy in Patients With Heart Failure.”

https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzab079

Integration of Nutrition in Physical Therapist Practice: An Author Interview with Dr. Patrick Berner

Dr. Jette and the author discuss a range of issues, from the relationship and professional boundaries between physical therapists and dieticians, to practical recommendations for identifying and understanding the behaviors, socioeconomic determinants, and environmental factors that can affect access to proper nutrition. Dr. Berner is coauthor of “Nutrition in Physical Therapist Practice: Setting the Stage for Taking Action” and “Nutrition in Physical Therapist Practice: Tools and Strategies to Act Now.
https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article-abstract/101/5/pzab062/6134600?redirectedFrom=fulltext
https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article-abstract/101/5/pzab061/6134190?redirectedFrom=fulltext