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  • 2013 House of Delegates Motions (Packet I) Posted

    In preparation for the 2013 House of Delegates (House), today APTA posted this year's House motions to the APTA website and the House of Delegates Community.

    Although motions have always been available to members, this is first time motions have been accessible to nonmembers, too. Also new this year, individual comment pages have been established to enable public discussion of the motions.

    In a video address posted at the 2013 House of Delegates page, where motions are listed, Speaker of the House Shawne E. Soper, PT, DPT, MBA, encouraged members to use the comment areas, as well as Twitter, but not as a substitute for contacting their delegate directly to provide feedback.

    Delegates are welcome to engage in these public forums but should continue using the House of Delegates Community (open to all APTA members), for delegate discussion. "Packet I," a compilation of all main motions to this year's House of Delegates, can be accessed on the House of Delegates Community.

    The House of Delegates Handbook will be posted to the House of Delegates Community on Friday, April 26, and background papers for the House motions will be posted on Friday, May 10.

    As in previous years, delegates and members can continue to access the discussion boards in the House of Delegates Community: The Packet I discussion board is for conceptual discussion surrounding this year's motions, and the Motion Cosponsors discussion board is for delegations to pledge cosponsorship for a motion. However, only the chief, section, and assembly delegates, or their designees, may post messages on the House discussion forum on behalf of their delegations.

    Please contact Kristen Hecht with any questions.

    New in the Literature: Accelerated Physiotherapy Program Improves Self-Reported Outcomes Following Hip Resurfacing (Clin Rehabil. 2013;Apr 10 [Epub])

    A tailored physiotherapy program improved self-reported functional outcomes and hip range of motion in patients undergoing hip resurfacing, say authors of a study published electronically ahead of print in April by the Clinical Rehabilitation journal.

    The study was a randomized controlled trial with 6-, 16-, and 52-week follow-ups. It included 80 men with a median age of 56 who were listed for primary hip resurfacing surgery between 2009 and 2010. The authors, from the Physiotherapy Research Unit, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, UK, compared tailored postoperative physiotherapy programs with standard physiotherapy. They found that at 1 year, the mean (SD) Oxford Hip Score of the group using the tailored program was higher than the control group at 45 versus 39.6, respectively. In addition, 80% (32 of 40) of the intervention group fully met their self-selected goal compared with 55% (22 of 40) of the control group.

    The authors concluded that the "study confirms that a tailored rehabilitation programme following Metal On Metal Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty (MOMHRA) improves self-reported functional outcomes and quality of life compared with a traditional rehabilitation programme."