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    Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation



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    Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Archives) is the acclaimed international journal of ACRM covering the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and allied disciplines.

    Original articles report important trends and deliver authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical behavioral and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities.

    According to the 2015 Journal Citation Reports just released, the Impact Factor for Archives increased by 19 percent over the previous year to 3.045. This is the 12th increase in 13 years, making Archives fourth out of 65 journals in the Rehabilitation category and 9th out of 82 in the Sports Sciences category. It also has the highest Impact Factor of all general Rehabilitation journals that are not discipline- or condition-specific.

    With 20,209 lifetime citations, Archives is by far the most cited of all PM&R journals.

    The Archives editors thank all of our authors, reviewers, editorial board members, and editorial office staff, and congratulate everyone on our shared success!



    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation announces a Focus Issue on patient safety and quality in rehabilitation. This topic has gained increasing importance in recent years with a series of National Academy of Medicine publications. Archives’ editors seek methodologically rigorous original research, systematic reviews, brief reports, and special communication submissions that advance clinical practice in rehabilitation settings.

    Submissions may focus on specific rehabilitation-relevant clinical populations, disciplines, services, and settings. We anticipate accepted submissions appearing in the November 2017 issue. Manuscripts should be submitted by 30 April 2017 in order to complete peer review in sufficient time. In your accompanying cover letter please note your submission is for this focus issue. For additional information, please contact Glenn Collins, Managing Editor.



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    ACRM Members also receive free online access to archival issues of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics published by Elsevier. Non-members may subscribe directly from the Archives website.



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    The  Archives of PMR iPad® Edition and Android app are free to all ACRM members and Archives subscribers. Simply register to activate your access, then visit the iTunes Store or Google Play Store to download the app.

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    The Archives mobile app for iOS or Android allows you to get the content you need, where and when you need it. Both apps share similar features, including:

    • Browse new issues and read new Articles in Press throughout the month, or jump to the featured articles with just a tap!
    • Bookmark your favorites
    • Take notes and highlight within articles
    • Interact with figures, tables, multimedia and supplementary content with updated in-article navigation
    • Personalize your experience with My Reading List, Notes, saving articles for offline reading, sharing articles via social media, emailing useful content, etc.
    • Get up-to-the minute alerts on new issues and featured articles by activating the App Alerts


    The February issue of the Archives is accompanied by a first of its kind issue entitled Sex, Gender and Traumatic Brain Injury. Angela ColantonioDr. Angela Colantonio, PhD, FACRM, from the University of Toronto, was guest editor for this issue that contains nine articles.

    The goal of this supplemental issue is to address major knowledge, research and practice gaps regarding the limited focus on brain injury in girls and women as well as limited analysis of sex/gender in relation to brain injury. A systematic review on mild TBI outcomes, for instance, showed that only 7 percent of 200 studies reviewed included data stratified by sex.

    Studies range from examining sex differences using large data sets to qualitative studies that illustrate gender issues long term. The supplement provides examples of problems and goals after TBI that may be common for men and women, but may be managed differently.

    The authors hope that this issue will lead to more explicit consideration of sex/gender in rehabilitation research, education and practice. The authors thank all who contributed to this special issue which was supported by the ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) task force on Girls and Women with Acquired Brain Injury. Dr. Colantonio is the founding chair and current co-chair of the task force. Read it online


    January 2017 ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

    The January 2017 Issue (Volume 98, Issue 1) has published.


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    Here is a look at just some of what is available in the January issue:

    Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

    Is There a Relationship Between Lumbar Proprioception and Low Back Pain? A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis
    Matthew Hoyan Tong, Seyed Javad Mousavi, Henri Kiers, Paulo Ferreira, Kathryn Refshauge, Jaap van Dieën

    Gait Retraining With Real-Time Biofeedback to Reduce Knee Adduction Moment: Systematic Review of Effects and Methods Used
    Rosie Richards, Josien C. van den Noort, Joost Dekker, Jaap Harlaar

    Inter- and Intrarater Reliability of Clinical Tests Associated With Functional Lumbar Segmental Instability and Motor Control Impairment in Patients With Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review
    Lenie Denteneer, Gaetane Stassijns, Willem De Hertogh, Steven Truijen, Ulrike Van Daele

    Conservative Care in Lumbar Spine Surgery Trials: A Descriptive Literature Review
    Aaron J. Yang, Rogelio A. Coronado, Lilian Hoffecker, Chan Gao, Kelly Saurwein, Danielle Shoreman, Adam S. Hoffberg, Venu Akuthota

    Effectiveness of Aquatic Exercise in Improving Lower Limb Strength in Musculoskeletal Conditions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Sophie Heywood, Jodie McClelland, Benjamin Mentiplay, Paula Geigle, Ann Rahmann, Ross Clark


    Featured Articles

    Patient Satisfaction and Prognosis for Functional Improvement and Deterioration, Institutionalization, and Death Among Medicare Beneficiaries Over 2 Years
    Hillary R. Bogner, Heather F. de Vries McClintock, Jibby E. Kurichi, Pui L. Kwong, Dawei Xie, Sean Hennessy, Joel E. Streim, Margaret G. Stineman

    Predictors of Change in Physical Function in Older Adults in Response to Long-Term, Structured Physical Activity: The LIFE Study
    Andrew S. Layne, Fang-Chi Hsu, Steven N. Blair, Shyh-Huei Chen, Jennifer Dungan, Roger A. Fielding, Nancy W. Glynn, Alexandra M. Hajduk, Abby C. King, Todd M. Manini, Anthony P. Marsh, Marco Pahor, Christine A. Pellegrini, Thomas W. Buford, LIFE Study Investigators

    Efficacy of Sensory Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Perceived Pain and Gait Patterns in Individuals With Experimental Knee Pain
    S. Jun Son, Hyunsoo Kim, Matthew K. Seeley, J. Ty Hopkins

    Comparison Between Steroid and 2 Different Sites of Botulinum Toxin Injection in the Treatment of Lateral Epicondylalgia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Active Drug-Controlled Pilot Study
    Yao-Hong Guo, Ta-Shen Kuan, Kuan-Lin Chen, Wei-Chih Lien, Pei-Chun Hsieh, I-Chieh Hsieh, Szu-Hao Chiu, Yu-Ching Lin


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    Aquatic Exercise for People With Spinal Cord Injury
    Sara Kate Frye, Anna Ogonowska-Slodownik, Paula Richley Geigle


    2016 ACRM Annual Conference Abstracts

    The abstracts of scientific papers and posters presented at the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, 30 October – 4 November 2016 in Chicago, IL, USA are published in the October issue. View the issue here.

    The Late-Breaking Research abstracts are published with the December issue. View the issue here.


    Special Supplement to the September 2016 issue

    Physical Activity in Adult Rehabilitation Populations
    Guest Editor: Daniel K. White, Mark S. Nash
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    Special Supplement to the June 2016 issue

    Rehabilitation Following Surgical Reconstruction to Restore Function to the Upper Limb in Tetraplegia
    Guest Editor: M. Elise Johanson
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    Special Supplement to the February 2016 issue

    Sex, Gender, and Traumatic Brain Injury
    Guest Editor: Angela Colantonio
    Read it Online


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