Evidence in rehabilitation medicine: Between facts and prejudices

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The relationship between evidence-based medicine and rehabilitation medicine is somewhat controversial. The motto "there is no evidence in rehabilitation medicine" is at times a real burden on the shoulders of rehabilitation medicine. There are many ideas around evidence in rehabilitation medicine; some are correct, whereas others are probably prejudices only. In this article, it is first discussed what evidence is, its origin and meaning, giving some notes about Cochrane - arguably, the criterion standard of evidence medicine. The relationship between rehabilitation medicine and evidence is then faced, to try to understand why these difficulties exist; it is considered what rehabilitation medicine is, comparing rehabilitation medicine with the other "classical" medical specialties; the problems with evidence generation and the actual state of research in rehabilitation medicine. The implementation of evidence in rehabilitation medicine is also introduced, including a brief discussion of knowledge translation, what it is, and why it is important, paying particular attention to Cochrane Rehabilitation - the new global rehabilitation medicine body that is facing these issues. Finally, some solutions for evidence in rehabilitation medicine are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume98
Issue number2
Early online dateAug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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Evidence in rehabilitation medicine : Between facts and prejudices. / Negrini, Stefano.

In: American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 98, No. 2, 01.02.2019, p. 88-96.

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