Well, here we are again, two years into a pandemic we hoped would last for 6 weeks. It seems as though we are living in a version of our very own Groundhog Day. That being said, we think many people can agree that theyhave found a new level of resilience and perseverance they didn’t know they had during these challenging times. This includes us here at rehabinkINK, where we have undergone a lot of changes. We have welcomed seven new editors to the team. They all stepped into their role as an editor with open arms and made invaluable contributes to Issue 12. We had the pleasure of welcoming back eight editors. Several of these editors recently graduated their programs and continue to provide their expertise in editing for rehabINK and guiding the new editors. We look forward excitedly to the next issue where many of our new editors are stepping into leadership roles. Finally, as the first set of co-editor-in-chiefs we are grateful to take on the role of leading these amazing editors and launching Issue 12, while also fostering new collaborations between our two schools (Western University and the University of Toronto).
Although the articles in this issue don’t follow a particular theme or call to action, they are insightful and thought provoking. The articles will challenge your perspective and assumptions, both in your research and as a clinician. A particularly relevant article describes guidance on how to manage burnout as a new clinician entitled: From student to therapist: is the burnout inevitable? Despite this article being focused on new clinicians, the concepts discussed in the article could be extrapolated to provide strategies to those of you that might be experiencing burnout in school and research as well. The pandemic has certainly taken its toll on everyone across the healthcare system. Please take this time to think about reconnecting with friends and family, try something new, or take some time to challenge some of your thoughts, perspective, and assumptions.
We can all look forward to an early spring, and warmer weather, because on actual Groundhog Day, Wiarton Willie did not see his shadow. Here’s hoping warmer and brighter days are just around the corner! Until then, enjoy the latest issue of rehabINK.
Christina Ziebart & Stephanie Cimino, co-Editor-In-Chief
I am pleased to present the 12th issues of rehabINK magazine! As the Managing Editor for this issue, I am excited to share the latest student-led research from across Canada.
Highlights from Issue 12
Dear Qualitative Research, forgive me! shares the trials and tribulations of incorporating qualitative research methods into a mixed-methods research project. Readers will gain insight in how they may address similar methodological challenges, the importance of qualitative research methods within rehabilitation science, and the benefits of having a positive mindset. Ambulating patients while preventing the spread of infections in acute care: a patient care conflict resolution, highlights the tension between patient mobility and infectious disease protocols which have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, From Student to Therapist – Is the Burnout Inevitable? interweaves research and approaches to managing therapist burnout in new graduates.
We are pleased to also feature Developing effective tele-rehab to promote adherence to home-based exercise therapy which expands on the importance of telerehabilitation within the health care system in Canada and reviews the challenges faced in developing a telerehabilitation program to make healthcare accessible for all Canadians. Further, Five reasons why people should consider wearing home clothes and moving more often during hospital admission, offers an inside look on the End Pj Paralysis global movement to encourage and help patients get dressed and stay active during their hospital stay.
In Rehabilitation is essential, but is it accessible? shares the personal journey of a mother and her young son living with lissencephaly and their experiences navigating the rehabilitation system in Ontario. In this powerful piece, the mother of “Soybean” describes how she has navigated the complex and oftentimes expensive rehabilitation system while learning her new role as caregiver and advocate for her young son. We learn about some of the barriers faced by children with disabilities in Ontario and the need for support and advocacy for children living with a disability.
We hope all readers relate and feel inspired by the articles presented in this issue of rehabINK. We encourage everyone to engage with the articles that resonate most with you. I am excited to share the exciting progress being made by students within the Rehabilitation Sciences community!
Eleni Patsakos, Issue 12 Managing Editor
To refer to this article, it can be cited as:
Ziebart C, Cimino S, & Patsakos E. Letter from the editors. rehabINK. 2022;12. Available from: https://rehabinkmag.com