To ensure we provide the most relevant and useful information to our members, the OT editorial committee has compiled the following contributor’s guidance detailing what to include in an iO CPD article.
This framework is a suggestion for contributors and we welcome additional content that will be of practical use to our members.
We allocate in the region of 2000-3000 words to OT CPD articles but again, this is for guidance only.
If you need any assistance or further guidance to draft your article please contact the Communications team, editor@iOsteopathy.org
Introduction to the topic
- This sets the scene for the topic/subject area
- What is the issue/condition
- Who does it affect
- Include relevant statistics about the condition/incidents – both nationally and internationally if available and applicable
Relevance to Osteopathy
- Why is it important for osteopaths to know about this
- Are you able to map the relevance of this topic to Osteopathic Standards
- Is it a specialist area or open for general osteopathic practice
Clinical advice and application
- Assessment – best practice/evidence based research, any current research about the issue/condition
- Treatment protocols/techniques – Again supported by best practice/evidence based research and/or guidance
- Any tools/measures for use with assessment or treatment
- Safety considerations and red flags
- Website links to specialist organisations
- Links to relevant papers/evidence
- Courses if further training is required/available
- We ask that where possible, articles are referenced and that distinction is made between the author’s personal experience and statements of fact informed by evidence
- Each article will be supported by 10 multiple-choice and/or true/false questions. The answers to these questions should be available in the article and should be provided along with the article
The OT’s CPD articles aim to provide useful, relevant and referenced information that osteopaths can immediately utilise in their practice if faced with the condition or issue.
However, we always recommend that this information and advice is used within the limits of each individual’s knowledge and that they should seek further specialist advice and training if presented with an issue beyond their scope of practice.
The OT Editorial Team reserve the right to work with the author to edit the piece so that it fits with these editorial guidelines. Submission will be taken as permission to reproduce the article in OT, the iO website and other media as seen fit by the OT Editorial Committee. Submission does not automatically guarantee publication.