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A free and facilitated bi-monthly discussion. Free for APTA Geriatrics members.
Earn 1.5 Contact Hours.

Journal Club is typically held on the third Tuesday of the month in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Prior to the online event, attendees are asked to read a selected article from the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and an associated case study published in GeriNotes that illustrates how the study findings might be applied in clinical practice.

During the one-hour event, one of the study authors will present their study, with an emphasis on the clinical motivation for the study and the clinical application/impact of their findings. The clinician case study author will also participate to discuss the clinical application of the study findings as described in the case study.

Upcoming JClub Dates

Upcoming J Club Dates

March Journal Club

March 19, 2024 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May Journal Club

May 21, 2024 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July Journal Club

July 16, 2024 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Archived Journal Club Events

Article: “Wellness Aging Model Related to Inactivity, Illness, and Injury (WAMI-3): A Tool to Encourage Prevention in Practice”

J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2022 Oct/Dec; 45(4):168-177.

Authors: Billek-Swahney, Barbara; Criss, Michelle G.; Galantino Mary Lou; Sawhney, Rajiv.
Presenter(s): Barbara Billek-Sawhney, PT, DPT
Case Study: Even a Little Can Be A Lot
Case Study Discussant: Chelsie Jordan

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Article: “Reliability, Validity, and Minimal Detectable Change of the Backward Walk Test in Older Adults with Dementia” 

J Geriatr Phys Ther.2022 July/Sept.;45(3):145-153.

Authors: Chan, Wayne L.S.; Cheung, Yeu To; Lee, Yin Wing; Teo, Ai Mei; Hui Kiu.
Case Study: Walking: More than Gait Training: Backwards on Purpose
Case Study Discussant: 

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Article: “Effects of a 16-week Multimodal Exercise Program on Physical Performance in Individuals with Dementia: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial”

J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2022 Jan-Mar; 45 (1): 3-24

Authors: Barisch-Fritz, Bettina; Trautwein, Sandra; Scharpf, Andrea; Krell-Roesch, Janina; Woll, Alexander.
Presenter(s): Dr. Bettina Barisch-Fritz, Ph.D.
Case Study: Am I Making a Difference for My Patient
Case Study Discussant: Devayani K. Kurlekar, PT, DPT

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Article: Effects of Pilates Exercise on Bone Mineral Density in Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”

J Geriatr Phys Ther April/June 2022. 45(2):107-114. 

Authors: Goncalves de Oliveira, Raphaael; Eiji Ueno Anami, Gustavo; Aparecida Coelho, Edilaine; Campos de Oliveira, Lais.
Presenter(s): Jorge Júnior, PE
Case Study: “Is a Pilates Program Enough?”
Case Study Discussant: Sherri Betz, PT, DPT

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Article: Pain Reducing Effective of Physical Therapist-Delivered Interventions: A Systematic Review of Randomized Trials Among Older Adults with Dementia

J Geriatr Phys Ther July/September 2020 433(3):156-169

Authors: Coronado, Rogelio A.; Albers, Hannah E.; Allen, Jessica L.; Clark, Rebeca G; Estrada, Victoria A.; Simon, Corey B.; Galloway, Rebecca V.; Fisher, Steve R.
Presenter(s): Hannah Albers, PT, DPT; Rebecca Galloway, PT, PhD.
Case Study: Pain-Reducing Effects of Physical Therapist-Delivered Interventions: A Systematic Review of Randomized Trials Among Older Adults with Dementia
Case Study Discussant: Carmina L. Rafael, PT, DPT

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Article: Four Square Step Test Performance in Hip Fracture Patients

J Geriatr Phys Ther April/June 2022 45(2):81-89
Authors: Mutchie, Heather L; Orwig Denise L; Beamer Brock; More
Presenter: Heather L Mutchie, Ph.D
Case Study: Four Square Step Test in Hip Fracture Patients
Case Study Discussant: Beth Castellini, PT

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Article : More Characteristics of Older Adults Who Are Unable to Perform a Floor Transfer: Considerations for Clinical Decision-Making

Author: Ardali, Gunay; States, Rebecca A.; Brody, Lori T

Case Study: I’m On the Floor and Can’t Get Up (link in email from dana, with authors + Discussant)

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Article: Trajectories and Predictors of Functional Capacity Decline in Older Adults From a Brazizlian Northeastern Hospital. J Geriatr Phys Ther 2021;44(2):82-87.

Authors: Menezes, Karla V.R.S.;Auger Claudine; Barbosa, Juliana F.S. et al.

Presenter: Karla Vanessa, PhD

Case Study: At Risk to Decline – a PT Responsibility?
Case Study Discussant: Michael Pechulis PT, DPT

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Article: Long-Term Efficacy of Treatment Effects After a Kyphosis Exercise and Posture Training Intervention in Older Community-Dwelling Adults: A Cohort Study

Authors: Katzman, Wendy B. et al. J Geriatri Phys Ther. 2021;44 (3): 127-138.

Presenter: Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc

Case Study: Can PT make a Difference in Age-related Hyperkyphosis?
Case Study Discussant: Lynne Hughes PT, PhD

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Article: A Scoping Review of Physical Performance Outcome Measures Used in Exercise Interventions for Older Adults With Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias. J Geriatri Phys Ther. 2019;42(1):28-47.

Authors: McGough, Ellen L. et al.

Presenter: Ellen McGough, PT, PhD

Case Study: It’s all About Function: Outcome Measurement When Dementia is in the Diagnosis –
Case Study Discussant: Christy Ross, PT, DPT, CDP, MSCS

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Article: Are the Recommended Physical Activity Guidelines Practical and Realistic for Older People With Complex Medical Issues? J Geriatr Phys Ther;44(1):2-8.

Authors: Pazit, L., Hill, Keith.

Presenter: Professor Pazit Levinger, PhD, AEP

Case Study: An Exercise In Reality: Applying the WHO Physical Activity Guidelines for Persons with Complex Conditions

Case Study Discussant: Mike Studer, PT, MHS

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Article: Reliability and Validity of the Floor Transfer Test as a Measure of Readiness for Independent Living Among Older Adults.

Authors: Ardali, Gunay; Brody, Lori T.; States, Rebecca A.; Godwin, Ellen M.

Presenter: Lori Thein Brody PT, PhD

Case Study: The Ups and Downs of Floor Transfers

Case Study Discussant: Cindy Lane Moore, PT, MPH, DPT

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Article: Two-Minute Step Test of Exercise Capacity: Systematic Review of Procedures, Performance, and Clinimetric Properties
Bohannon, Richard W.; Crouch, Rebecca H. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 42(2):105-112, April/June 2019.

Authors: Bohannon, Richard W.; Crouch, Rebecca H.

Presenter: Richard Bohannon PT, DPT

Case Study: Step 2 It: Improving Tolerance to Activity, Balance, and Strength 

Case Study Discussant: Cella Bernier PT, DPT

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Article: The Modified Otago Exercises Prevent Grip Strength Deterioration Among Older Fallers in the Malaysian Falls Assessment and Intervention Trial (MyFAIT).  J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2019 Jul/Sep;42(3):123-129

Authors: Liew LK, Tan MP, Tan PJ, Mat S, Majid LA, Hill KD, Mazlan M.

Presenter: Keith Hill, PT

Case Study: Get a Grip: Do Leg exercises Increase Arm strength? By Michael Hyland, PT, DPT, CEEAA 

Case Study Discussant: Michael Hyland, PT, DPT, CEEAA 

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Article: Score Distributions of the Balance Outcome Measure in Elder Rehabilitation (BOOMER) in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Vertebral Fractures. (Must be logged in to view)

Authors: Brown, Zachary M.; Gibbs, Jenna C.; Adachi, Jonathan D.; Ashe, Maureen C.; Hill, Keith D.; Kendler, David L.; Khan, Aliya; Papaioannou, Alexandra; Prasad, Sadhana; Wark, John D.; Giangregorio, Lora M. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 42(3):E87-E93, July/September 2019.

Presenter: Jenna C. Gibbs, PhD

Case Study: Pain? Choose to BOOMER for Boomers?

Case Study Discussant: Kathlene Camp, PT, DPT

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