Increasing Quality of O&P Research - March 2003

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Prosthetists: A Physiotherapist’s Perspective
By Miki Fairley


"I appreciate prosthetists who are excited abouttheir profession and share their knowledge," says Linda McLaren,BSR (PT), clinical resource  physiotherapist-amputation, GF StrongRehab Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada. Constable Laurie Wh...

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Future Trends in Upper Extremity Prosthetics: What Do the Experts See?
By Judith Otto


The O&P EDGE: In your opinion, what are the most exciting futuretrends in upper-extremity prosthetics? Alley: I believe the ability to perform remotediagnosis, adjustments, and other remote consulting services offerstremendous promise for the pa...

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Stepping Out

Custom Shoes: Steps to Success
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


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Direct from the Academy

Project Quantum Leap: Shaping the Future of the O&P Profession
By Julie G. Hayes


Project Quantum Leap (PQL) is the most importantinitiative the Academy has undertaken in its 30-year history. It isa multi-year initiative in which the American Academy of Orthotistsand Prosthetists seeks to advance the O&P profession in severalar...

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Education Outlook

A Non-Traditional O&P Student View: Putting It All Together
By Rick E. Sevier


Yolanda and Rick Sevier In today's varying economy, many individuals inwell-established companies are being faced with layoffs that forcethem into reevaluating their initial choice of careers. Many ofthese people use this time to their advantage...

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Innovations

Niagara Foot: Boon to Landmine Survivors


Life for many landmine survivors may have justgotten better, thanks to the Niagara Foot TM . The prosthetic foot is a low-cost, high-performanceenergy-return foot which decreases the muscular effort required forwalking and is extremely durable. Th...

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Today's Consumer

Amputation: The First Year
By Daniel Sheret


Amputation. That one simple word changeseverything, doesn't it? I considered this recently as I spoke witha man who is facing the difficult decision between an amputationand his 16th surgery to restore mobility to his damaged left ankle.I could re...

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Jan Stokosa, CP: Starting from the Bottom To Change Lives
By PEL Supply Co.


"The patient's success is always the ultimate goal" says Stokosa, shown with AK amputee Craig Harris. For nearly five decades Jan J. Stokosa, CP, hasbeen touching people's lives with his work in prosthetics.

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Salute!

Making a Difference in Africa
By Pamala Lupo, CO


Pam Lupo, CO, casts a five-day-old baby with a hyperextended knee. The first two things you learn in Ghana arepatience and to always carry your toilet paper with you. I visitedAfrica this April as a guest of FOCOS (Foundation for Orthopedicsand Co...

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Salute!

Cuban Doctor Receives Cervical Collar
By Tami Jayne Jackson


"The wheels go round," and they went round to helpa Cuban doctor receive a much-needed Seattle Systems MalibuCervical Collar. In early November 2002, Seattle Systems received a phone callfrom Sandy Setliff with the Joni and Friends area ministry i...

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Global View

P&O American Style
By Students of Salford University, Salford, UK


Our first visit in the USA was to the Universityof Washington, Seattle, where we met fellow P&O students. Mr.John Ferguson, senior lecturer in P&O, delivered a warm andlight-hearted presentation which gave insight into the world ofP&O in America....

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Profiles

Erwin Unger


Orthotist/Specialist Custom Foot Orthotics Wright & Filippis Rochester Hills, Michigan When did you enter the O&Pprofession? Sixty-eight years ago when I was a 14-year-old boy inGermany. Why did you choose to enter the O&Pprofession?

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Perspective

A Patient by Any Other Name


What's in a name? Willie Shakespeare said, "A rose by any othername would smell as sweet." Out here where I live we say, "You cancall a skunk whatever you want, but you still can't bring it in thehouse." Apparently, a name is not just a name to a...

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HIPAA Privacy Rule: Why Comply?
By Jay Masci


The compliance date of April 14, 2003 for the HIPAAPrivacy Rule is fast approaching O&P businesses. So thequestion you may ask is, "Why do I need tocomply?" Why Comply? Risk of Litigation The threat of litigation is a topic that coveredentities...

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HIPAA Privacy: Are You Ready to Comply?
By Jay Masci


The compliance date of April 14,2003 for the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability &Accountability Act of 1996) Privacy Rule is fast approachingO&P businesses. Are you ready to comply? What is Required of an O&P Organization?

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Feature

O&P Research: A Question of Quality—or Quantity?
By Judith Otto


Take a little trip with an Internet search engine and see what you come up with under “Prosthetic Research.” Your findings (or lack thereof) will likely illustrate one of the major problems with P&O research today…

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Viewpoints

From the Editor
By Miki Fairley


This month features the Annual Meeting of theAmerican Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP). With over100 sessions enhancing practitioners' clinical and business skills,there will be a lot to take home from San Diego! Research helps spell...

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Viewpoints

From the President
By Tonja Randolph


Wow! It's been a year already since we firstintroduced The O&P EDGE at the Academy meeting in Orlando, FL.The overwhelmingly positive response that our new magazine receivedat that  conference and throughout the year has inspired andsupported us i...

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