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New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

The New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy has just been released with open access and gives insight to some current physiotherapy research. It is the official Journal of Physiotherapy New Zealand and below are some summaries of items appearing in the March 2015 issue, which is the first of three Journals for 2015.


Reflections on the career of Janet Carr – a physiotherapy trailblazer Colleen G Canning, Cathering M Dean, Louise Ada.

Research Review

Differences in student and clinician perceptions of clinical competency in undergraduate physiotherapy. Kristin Lo, Christian Osadnik, Marcus Leonard, Stephen Maloney. The ability of healthcare students to accurately self-reflect is crucial to the attainment of clinical competency; however limited research has been conducted in the physiotherapy profession.

Pulsed electromagnetic energy as an adjunct to physiotherapy for the treatment of acute low back pain: a randomised controlled trial. Anita Krammer, Stuart Horton, Steve Tumilty. The intention of this study was to investigate any additional benefits of pulsed electromagnetic energy used as an adjunct to routine physiotherapy for the treatment of acute non-specific low back pain.

Literature Review

A critical review of the psychometric properties of the Nijmegen Questionnaire for hyperventilation syndrome. Vickie Li Ogilvie, Paula Kersten.This paper examines the evidence in relation to the conceptual basis, validity, and reliability of the Nijmegen Questionnaire. The Nijmegen Questionnaire is commonly used by physiotherapists and other health professionals in clinical and research settings. This outcome measure was developed by researchers at the Nijmegen University in the Netherlands as a screening tool for the hyperventilation syndrome in the 1980s.

Invited Clinical Commentary

Home Care: An opportunity for physiotherapy? John Parsons, Sean Mathieson, Matthew Parsons.

Remaining physically active in later life is critical to maintaining independence in activities of daily living and is a major contributor to overall health status amongst older people. This article describes New Zealand and international evidence relating to the optimisation of the potential role of physiotherapy in providing rehabilitation expertise into the provision of Home Care for older people.

Clinically Applicable Paper

One-week time course of the effects of Mulligan’s Mobilisation with Movement and taping in painful shoulders. Erik Botnmark. The aim of this study was to compare the one week time course of range of motion (ROM), pain severity and pressure pain threshold (PPT) after one session of mobilisation with movement (MWM), with or without the addition of tape.

Middle and lower trapezius strengthening for the management of lateral epicondylalgia: a case report. Ingunn Botnmark. The aim of this case study was to document the beneficial effects of a treatment program focusing only on scapular position and trapezius strengthening in the management of clinically diagnosed lateral epicondylalgia (LE).

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