Our Journal Unites Us: Global Responsibilities and Possibilities for Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Abstract

Purpose:

This article was designed to describe personal and social responsibilities for strengthening the science of pediatric physical therapy and effective international research collaboration and communication.

Key Points:

Common flaws in research design and analysis are reviewed with recommendations for developing research students' design and analytical skills. Our social responsibility to be informed by global knowledge is highlighted. Barriers to scientific collaboration and communication including international disparities in scientific development and language barriers are presented. Suggestions to reduce these barriers are outlined. The importance of free access to scientific literature in developing countries is reviewed.

Conclusion:

The journal should assume a leadership role in building a strong science of pediatric physical therapy through encouraging personal and social responsibility in research and serving as a model of international collaboration and communication.

Clinical Relevance:

Treatment for children with movement disorders will be improved by stronger science, international collaboration, and communication.

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