Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, WB Saunders

Journal description

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has distinguished itself through its coverage of the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and of the more interdisciplinary field of rehabilitation. The journal publishes original articles that report on important trends and developments in these fields. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation brings readers authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for persons with disabilities and chronically ill individuals.

Current impact factor: 2.44

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.441
2012 Impact Factor 2.358
2011 Impact Factor 2.282
2010 Impact Factor 2.254
2009 Impact Factor 2.184
2008 Impact Factor 2.159
2007 Impact Factor 1.814
2006 Impact Factor 1.826
2005 Impact Factor 1.734
2004 Impact Factor 1.656
2003 Impact Factor 1.35
2002 Impact Factor 1.327
2001 Impact Factor 1.371
2000 Impact Factor 1.409
1999 Impact Factor 1.134
1998 Impact Factor 1.078
1997 Impact Factor 1.078
1996 Impact Factor 1.315
1995 Impact Factor 1.084
1994 Impact Factor 1.041
1993 Impact Factor 0.738
1992 Impact Factor 0.718

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.81
Cited half-life 9.50
Immediacy index 0.60
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 0.85
Website Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation website
Other titles Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
ISSN 0003-9993
OCLC 1513891
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

WB Saunders

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: To identify MVIC test positions for the deeper lying scapulothoracic muscles, i.e. the Levator Scapulae, The Pectoralis Minor and the Rhomboid Major and to provide a standard set of a limited number of test positions that generate an MVIC in all scapulothoracic muscles. Cross-sectional study. Physical and rehabilitation medicine department. 21 healthy subjects INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Mean Peak EMG activity from Levator Scapulae, Pectoralis Minor, Rhomboid Major (investigated with fine-wire EMG) and from Upper Trapezius, Middle Trapezius, Lower Trapezius, Serratus Anterior (investigated with surface EMG) during the performance of 12 different MVICs. s: The results indicated that various test positions generated similar high mean EMG activity and that no single test generated maximum activity for a specific muscle in all subjects. The results of this study support employing a series of test positions for normalization procedures rather than a single exercise to increase the likelihood of recruiting highest activity in the scapulothoracic muscles. A standard set of five test positions was identified as being sufficient for generating an MVIC of all scapulothoracic muscles: "Seated T", "Seated U 135°", "Prone T-thumbs up", "Prone V-thumbs up", "Supine V-thumbs up". A standard set of test positions for normalization of scapulothoracic EMG that also incorporates the Levator Scapulae, Pectoralis Minor and Rhomboid Major muscles is one step towards a more comprehensive understanding of normal and abnormal muscle function of these muscles and will help to standardize EMG presentation of scapulothoracic muscle activity. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.06.004
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the effect of conventional gait training (CGT) and PWSTT on gait and clinical manifestation. Prospective experimental research design. National level- University and Tertiary Hospital for Mental Health and Neurosciences. Sixty patients with idiopathic PD, with mean age of 58.15 ± 8.7 years, on stable dosage of dopaminomimetic drugs were randomly assigned into three groups (20 in each group) namely: (a) non-exercising PD group (NEPD), (b) conventional gait training (CGT) group (c) partial weight supported treadmill gait training (PWSTT) group. The interventions included in the study were CGT and PWSTT. The sessions of CGT and PWSTT groups were given in patient's self-reported best 'ON' status after the regular medications. The interventions were given for 30 minutes per day, 4 days per week, for 4 weeks (16 sessions). Clinical severity was measured by the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) and its sub-scores. The gait was measured by 2 min treadmill walking and 10-meter walk test. Outcome measures were evaluated in their best 'ON' status at baseline, at 2(nd) and 4(th) weeks. Four weeks of CGT and PWSTT gait training showed significant improvements of UPDRS, its sub-scores and on multiple gait performance measures. Moreover, the effects of PWSTT were significantly better than CGT on most measures. Partial weight supported treadmill gait training is a promising intervention tool to improve the clinical and gait outcome measures in patients with PD. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 05/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.05.007
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 05/2015; 96(5):971-972. DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.01.015
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Objective To determine the effectiveness of functional electrical stimulation (FES) on drop foot in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), using data from standard clinical practice. Design Case series with a consecutive sample of FES users collected between 2008 and 2013. Setting Specialist FES center at a district general hospital. Participants Patients with MS who have drop foot (N=187) (117 women, 70 men; mean age, 55y [range, 27–80y]; mean duration since diagnosis, 11.7y [range, 1–56y]). A total of 166 patients were still using FES after 20 weeks, with 153 patients completing the follow-up measures. Interventions FES of the common peroneal nerve (178 unilateral, 9 bilateral FES users). Main Outcome Measures Clinically meaningful changes (ie, >.05m/s and >0.1m/s) and functional walking category derived from 10-m walking speed. Results An increase in walking speed was found to be highly significant (P<.001), both initially where a minimum clinically meaningful change was observed (.07m/s) and after 20 weeks with a substantial clinically meaningful change (.11m/s). After 20 weeks, treatment responders displayed a 27% average improvement in their walking speed. No significant training effect was found. Overall functional walking category was maintained or improved in 95% of treatment responders. Conclusions FES of the dorsiflexors is a well-accepted intervention that enables clinically meaningful changes in walking speed, leading to a preserved or an increased functional walking category.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 04/2015; 96(4):667.
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    ABSTRACT: A formal definition of brain-computer interface (BCI) is as follows: a system that acquires brain signal activity and translates it into an output that can replace, restore, enhance, supplement, or improve the existing brain signal, which can, in turn, modify or change ongoing interactions between the brain and its internal or external environment. More simply, a BCI can be defined as a system that translates "brain signals into new kinds of outputs." After brain signal acquisition, the BCI evaluates the brain signal and extracts signal features that have proven useful for task performance. There are 2 broad categories of BCIs: implantable and noninvasive, distinguished by invasively and noninvasively acquired brain signals, respectively. For this supplement, we will focus on BCIs that use noninvasively acquired brain signals. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3 Suppl). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.01.007
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2013.06.010
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    ABSTRACT: To assess awareness in subjects who are in a minimally conscious state by using an electroencephalogram-based brain-computer interface (BCI), and to determine whether these patients may learn to modulate sensorimotor rhythms with visual feedback, stereo auditory feedback, or both. Initial assessment included imagined hand movement or toe wiggling to activate sensorimotor areas and modulate brain rhythms in 90 trials (4 subjects). Within-subject and within-group analyses were performed to evaluate significant activations. A within-subject analysis was performed involving multiple BCI technology training sessions to improve the capacity of the user to modulate sensorimotor rhythms through visual and auditory feedback. Hospital, homes of subjects, and a primary care facility. Subjects (N=4; 3 men, 1 woman) who were in a minimally conscious state (age range, 27-53y; 1-12y after brain injury). Not applicable. Awareness detection was determined from sensorimotor patterns that differed for each motor imagery task. BCI performance was determined from the mean classification accuracy of brain patterns by using a BCI signal processing framework and assessment of performance in multiple sessions. All subjects demonstrated significant and appropriate brain activation during the initial assessment, and real-time feedback was provided to improve arousal. Consistent activation was observed in multiple sessions. The electroencephalogram-based assessment showed that patients in a minimally conscious state may have the capacity to operate a simple BCI-based communication system, even without any detectable volitional control of movement. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3 Suppl). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2014.08.024
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    ABSTRACT: Despite intense brain-computer interface (BCI) research for >2 decades, BCIs have hardly been established at patients' homes. The current study aimed at demonstrating expert independent BCI home use by a patient in the locked-in state and the effect it has on quality of life. In this case study, the P300 BCI-controlled application Brain Painting was facilitated and installed at the patient's home. Family and caregivers were trained in setting up the BCI system. After every BCI session, the end user indicated subjective level of control, loss of control, level of exhaustion, satisfaction, frustration, and enjoyment. To monitor BCI home use, evaluation data of every session were automatically sent and stored on a remote server. Satisfaction with the BCI as an assistive device and subjective workload was indicated by the patient. In accordance with the user-centered design, usability of the BCI was evaluated in terms of its effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction. The influence of the BCI on quality of life of the end user was assessed. At the patient's home. A 73-year-old patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the locked-in state. Not applicable. The BCI has been used by the patient independent of experts for >14 months. The patient painted in about 200 BCI sessions (1-3 times per week) with a mean painting duration of 81.86 minutes (SD=52.15, maximum: 230.41). BCI improved quality of life of the patient. In most of the BCI sessions the end user's satisfaction was high (mean=7.4, SD=3.24; range, 0-10). Dissatisfaction occurred mostly because of technical problems at the beginning of the study or varying BCI control. The subjective workload was moderate (mean=40.61; range, 0-100). The end user was highy satisfied with all components of the BCI (mean 4.42-5.0; range, 1-5). A perfect match between the user and the BCI technology was achieved (mean: 4.8; range, 1-5). Brain Painting had a positive impact on the patient's life on all three dimensions: competence (1.5), adaptability (2.17) and self-esteem (1.5); (range: -3 = maximum negative impact; 3 maximum positive impact). The patient had her first public art exhibition in July 2013; future exhibitions are in preparation. Independent BCI home use is possible with high satisfaction for the end user. The BCI indeed positively influenced quality of life of the patient and supports social inclusion. Results demonstrate that visual P300 BCIs can be valuable for patients in the locked-in state even if other means of communication are still available (eye tracker). Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3 Suppl). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2014.03.035
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    ABSTRACT: To identify perceptions among people with spinal cord injury (SCI) of the priorities for brain-computer interface (BCI) applications and design features along with the time investment and risk acceptable to obtain a BCI. Survey. Research registry participants surveyed via telephone and BCI usage study participants surveyed in person before BCI use. Convenience sample of people with SCI (N=40), consisting of persons from the registry (n=30) and from the BCI study (n=10). Participants were classified as those with low function (n=24) and those with high function (n=16). Not applicable. Descriptive statistics of functional independence, living situations and support structures, ratings of importance of different task and design features, and acceptable levels of performance, risk, and time investment. BCIs were of interest to 96% of the low-function group. Emergency communication was the top priority task (ranked in the top 2 by 43%). The most important design features were "functions the BCI provides" and "simplicity of BCI setup." Desired performance was 90% accuracy, with standby mode errors no more than once every 4 hours and speeds of more than 20 letters per minute. Dry electrodes were preferred over gel or implanted electrodes (P<.05). Median acceptable setup time was 10 to 20 minutes, satisfying 65% of participants. People with low functional independence resulting from SCI have a strong interest in BCIs. Advances in speed and setup time will be required for BCIs to meet the desired performance. Creating BCI functions appropriate to the needs of those with SCI will be of ultimate importance for BCI acceptance with this population. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3 Suppl). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2014.05.028
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    ABSTRACT: More than 300 researchers gathered at the 2013 International Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Meeting to discuss current practice and future goals for BCI research and development. The authors organized the Virtual Users' Forum at the meeting to provide the BCI community with feedback from users. We report on the Virtual Users' Forum, including initial results from ongoing research being conducted by 2 BCI groups. Online surveys and in-person interviews were used to solicit feedback from people with disabilities who are expert and novice BCI users. For the Virtual Users' Forum, their responses were organized into 4 major themes: current (non-BCI) communication methods, experiences with BCI research, challenges of current BCIs, and future BCI developments. Two authors with severe disabilities gave presentations during the Virtual Users' Forum, and their comments are integrated with the other results. While participants' hopes for BCIs of the future remain high, their comments about available systems mirror those made by consumers about conventional assistive technology. They reflect concerns about reliability (eg, typing accuracy/speed), utility (eg, applications and the desire for real-time interactions), ease of use (eg, portability and system setup), and support (eg, technical support and caregiver training). People with disabilities, as target users of BCI systems, can provide valuable feedback and input on the development of BCI as an assistive technology. To this end, participatory action research should be considered as a valuable methodology for future BCI research. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(3 Suppl). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2014.03.037
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate whether the concomitant presence of anterior cervical osteophytes (ACOs) can influence the severity and outcome in those with post-stroke dysphagia. Retrospective case-control study. University-affiliated hospital-based study. Post-stroke dysphagia patients with ACOs (n=20) were identified and matched by age, gender, location and laterality of the stroke lesion to a post-stroke dysphagia control group with no ACOs (n=20). Not applicable. Videofluoroscopic swallowing study results, the Functional Oral Intake Scale (FOIS) and the Penetration-Aspiration Scale (PAS) assessed within the first month of stroke were analyzed. FOIS at 6 months were recorded, and severity of dysphagia was compared between the 2 groups. The case group had larger degrees of post-swallow residues in the valleculae and pyriform sinuses (P=.020, P<.001) with more patients showing post-swallow aspiration (62.5%) than the control group (0%) (P<.001), along with a higher risk of being on enteral nutrition feeding (OR=13.933; 95% CI, 2.863-Infinity) within the first month of stroke. At the 6-month follow-up, the case group had significantly lower mean FOIS score (3.8±1.7) than the control group (6.1±1.3) (P<.001) with increased risk of having persistent dysphagia (OR=15.375; 95% CI, 3.195-Infinity). The presence of ACOs, which may cause mechanical obstruction and interfere with residue clearance at the valleculae and pyriform sinuses and result in more post-swallow aspiration, may influence initial severity and outcome of post-stroke dysphagia. The presence of ACOs may be considered as important clinical condition that may affect post-stroke dysphagia rehabilitation. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 96(7). DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.02.026