Disability and Rehabilitation Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Journal description

Disability and Rehabilitation is an international, multidisciplinary journal which seeks to encourage a better understanding of all aspects of disability, and to promote the rehabilitation process. The journal publishes review articles, experimental and clinical research papers, case studies, clinical commentaries, reports on rehabilitation in practice, rehabilitation engineering and major book reviews, spanning a range of issues including the severity and magnitude of disability, clinical medicine including gerontology, psychosocial adjustment, social policy issues, vocational and educational training, and rehabilitation engineering. Occasional special issues on specific themes of interest to the journalís readership are published.

Current impact factor: 1.84

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.837
2012 Impact Factor 1.541
2011 Impact Factor 1.498
2010 Impact Factor 1.489
2009 Impact Factor 1.555
2008 Impact Factor 1.395
2007 Impact Factor 1.414
2006 Impact Factor 1.164
2005 Impact Factor 0.988
2002 Impact Factor 0.889
2001 Impact Factor 0.683
2000 Impact Factor 0.535
1999 Impact Factor 0.559

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.83
Cited half-life 6.20
Immediacy index 0.24
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.49
Website Disability & Rehabilitation website
Other titles Disability and rehabilitation
ISSN 0963-8288
OCLC 25415346
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Informa Healthcare

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 12 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • On author's personal website or institution website
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • On a non-profit server
    • Must link to publisher version
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • NIH funded authors may post articles to PubMed Central for release 12 months after publication
    • Wellcome Trust authors may deposit in Europe PMC after 6 months
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Communication is powerful predictor of health-related quality of life and overall wellbeing, yet its role in promoting rehabilitation outcomes in spinal cord injury (SCI) is rarely mentioned. This article systematically analyzes and synthesizes literature from multiple disciplines according to a biopsychosocial perspective, providing an evidence base for clinical practice and clear direction for future research. Method: Systematic literature review and analysis, incorporating mapping to International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) codes. Results: In total 4338 entries were retrieved from CINAHL, PsychInfo, Medline, PubMed and SpeechBite databases for the period 1990–2014. A total of 115 treatment and observational studies (quantitative and qualitative) detailed aspects of communication according to structure, function, activity, participation and environmental factors; evident of the complex interactions between communicative function with daily living after SCI. Conclusions: Communication is a relative strength in SCI, key to empowerment, independence, social interaction, and well-being, yet its potential to enhance SCI rehabilitation outcomes remains largely underexplored and untapped. Through elucidating interactions between communication and functioning, the adapted ICF framework affords clinicians and researchers insight into areas of intervention most likely to result in widespread gains. Conscious consideration should be given to the role of communication, within an integrative, strengths-based, multidisciplinary approach to clinical practice and future research.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; Early Online. DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1027008
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose was to investigate lay perspectives on health among people with musculoskeletal disorders. Semi-structured interviews were performed with 39 women and 30 men, (aged 22-63 years) with long-term, non-specific musculoskeletal disorders in the neck, shoulder and/or low back. Data was analysed using qualitative content analysis. These people experienced health as "having resources and opportunities to lead the life one wants". Three categories, "a good enough physical and psychological functioning, freedom of action, and a positive state of emotion and an enriching life", illustrate the different resources and opportunities that the informants described as important for them to perceive themselves as healthy. The informants also reflected on "being ill" and "being well" and what makes the difference. Five aspects influenced the dynamics of their health experiences: "body and soul, prognosis, character of symptoms, physical and social activity, and emotional state". Consequently, the informants expressed a holistic view of health, where the focus lies on the opportunity and the ability to lead their lives the way they want. This study points at the value of taking lay perspectives on health into account, as it might increase the opportunity to design effective, personalized rehabilitation strategies. Implications for Rehabilitation Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are difficult to cure and actions to alleviate suffering are of most importance to increase wellbeing and thereby work ability. Research on lay perspectives can contribute towards a deepened understanding of the health experiences of the affected, and thereby the development of the goals and activities of rehabilitation. Our models, that present the view of health and aspects important for achieving wellness among people with MSDs, can contribute in the development of multimodal rehabilitation. The results can also be useful as a base in the evaluation of clinical practice.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1024338
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: Data highlight the importance of undertaking intense and frequent repetition of activities within stroke rehabilitation to maximise recovery. An enriched environment (EE) provides a medium in which these activities can be performed and enhanced recovery achieved. An EE has been shown to promote neuroplasticity in animal models of stroke, facilitating enhanced recovery of motor and cognitive function. However, the benefit of enriching the environment of stroke survivors remains unknown. To qualitatively explore stroke survivors' experience of implementation of exposure to an EE within a typical stroke rehabilitation setting, in order to identify facilitators and barriers to participation. Semi-structured interviews with 10 stroke survivors (7 females and 3 males, mean age of 70.5 years) exposed to an EE for a 2-week period following exposure to routine rehabilitation within a stroke rehabilitation ward. An inductive thematic approach was utilised to collect and analyse data. Qualitative themes emerged concerning the environmental enrichment paradigm including: (1) "It got me moving" - perceived benefits of participation in an EE; (2) "You can be bored or you can be busy." - Attenuating factors influencing participation in an EE; (3) "I don't like to make the staff busier" - limitations to use of the EE. This study provides preliminary support for the implementation of an EE within a typical stroke rehabilitation setting from a patient perspective. Reported benefits included (1) increased motor, cognitive and sensory stimulation, (2) increased social interaction, (3) alleviation of degree of boredom and (4) increased feelings of personal control. However, participants also identified a number of barriers affecting implementation of the EE. We have previously published findings on perceptions of nursing staff working with stroke survivors in this enriched rehabilitation environment who identified that patients benefited from having better access to physical, cognitive and social activities. Together, results contribute to valuable evidence for future implementation of an EE in stroke rehabilitation settings. Implications for Rehabilitation Stroke survivor access to an enriched environment (EE): RESULTS identified that participation in both individual and communal forms of environment enrichment within the stroke rehabilitation ward resulted in increased access to activities providing increased opportunities for enhanced motor, cognitive and sensory stimulation. Increased access to and participation in activities of the environmental enrichment (individual and communal) interrupted the ongoing cycle of boredom and inactivity experienced by many participants. This study provides preliminary support for the implementation of an EE within a typical stroke rehabilitation setting from a patient perspective.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; 37(7):593-600. DOI:10.3109/09638288.2014.935876
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: This study examined the factorial and construct validity of the Multiple Sclerosis Self-Efficacy (MSSE) Scale in two samples of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Method: Two samples (n's = 292, 275) of participants with MS were recruited from across the United States. Participants in both studies completed a questionnaire battery that included the MSSE and measures of symptoms, dysfunction, disability, psychosocial aspects, mental/emotional well-being, and quality of life. Factorial validity was tested using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), whereas construct validity was examined based on bivariate correlations with scores from other measures. Results: The two-factor measurement model provided a poor fit for the 18 items on the MSSE in both the samples. This model provided a good fit for a modified, 10-item scale in both samples. The 10-item version of the MSSE was highly correlated with the original MSSE (r = 0.97, p < 0.001) and related constructs (e.g. disability, r = 0.69, p < 0.0001). The standardized Cronbach's αs of the two subscales (function and control) of the 10-item version ranged between 0.78 and 0.94 for both samples. Conclusions: Scores from the modified, 10-item version of the MSSE provide a valid and reliable measure of MS-specific self-efficacy among persons with MS. Implications for Rehabilitation The importance of self-efficacy in managing the consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS) has increased. The Multiple Sclerosis Self-Efficacy (MSSE) Scale was developed and validated for measuring self-efficacy in function maintenance and control over MS from patients' perspectives. In the past almost 20 years, this scale has not undergone additional validation of its factor structure and construct validity in large-scale samples of persons with MS. The original two-factor construct did not provide a good fit for the 18 items on the MSSE in two independent samples. We modified the MSSE and found the 10 items fitted by the two-factor construct well with one sample and demonstrated cross-validity of the 10 items in the second sample. The 10-item version of the MSSE has good reliability and construct validity in both independent samples. Researchers and clinicians should adopt these 10 items when examining MS self-efficacy of patients.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1021022
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: To assess healthcare use and family perception of family-centred care in children and young adults with severe cerebral palsy (CP) within a geographical region of the UK. Method: Young people (4-27years) with severe forms of CP; Gross Motor Function Classification System levels IV and V, were recruited via an established case register. Data were collected in the participant's home using a standardised background proforma and validated questionnaires. The Measure of Processes of Care was used to assess the family's perception of family-centred care. Results: One-hundred and twenty-three children, young people and their families/guardians participated. Results showed high accessing of specialist services in childhood with a considerable decrease in young adults. Use of generalist services remained relatively constant. The reported use of formal respite services and support groups/youth clubs was relatively poor. Family-centred care was poor in the area of "providing general information" (2.8 ± 1.73) but more moderate in the areas of "providing specific information about the young person" (4.2 ± 1.94), "enabling and partnership" (4.2 ± 1.9), "co-ordinated and comprehensive care" (4.3 ± 1.95) and "respectful and supportive care" (4.7 ± 1.75). Conclusions: The accessing of specialist services and respite care notably decreases amongst adolescents with severe forms of CP and the perception of family-centred care amongst families was fair at best. In particular, the results highlight the need for families to be provided with more general information and advice. Implications for Rehabilitation In a quest to enhance the rehabilitation process in young people with severe forms of cerebral palsy: Commissioners and service providers need to a adopt a more rationalised, needs led approach to service provision across the lifespan of people with severe forms of cerebral palsy, to include an effective and efficient transitional period. Habilitation specialists working with young adults need to continue to recognise the importance of family-centred care in managing this complex and chronic condition. Professionals working within the healthcare system must provide better communication and improve their dissemination of information to the families of children and young people with complex needs.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1019649
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) is a self-report-based outcome measure used to quantify the extent of disability related to low back pain (LBP), a substantial contributor to workplace absenteeism. The ODI tool has been adapted for use by patients in several non-English speaking nations. It is unclear, however, if these adapted versions of the ODI are as credible as the original ODI developed for English-speaking nations. The objective of this study was to conduct a review of the literature to identify culturally adapted versions of the ODI and to report on the adaptation process, construct validity, test-retest reliability and internal consistency of these ODIs. Following a pragmatic review process, data were extracted from each study with regard to these four outcomes. While most studies applied adaptation processes in accordance with best-practice guidelines, there were some deviations. However, all studies reported high-quality psychometric properties: group mean construct validity was 0.734 ± 0.094 (indicated via a correlation coefficient), test-retest reliability was 0.937 ± 0.032 (indicated via an intraclass correlation coefficient) and internal consistency was 0.876 ± 0.047 (indicated via Cronbach's alpha). Researchers can be confident when using any of these culturally adapted ODIs, or when comparing and contrasting results between cultures where these versions were employed. Implications for Rehabilitation Low back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the world, behind only cancer. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) has been developed as a self-report outcome measure of low back pain for administration to patients. An understanding of the various cross-cultural adaptations of the ODI is important for more concerted multi-national research efforts. This review examines 16 cross-cultural adaptations of the ODI and should inform the work of health care and rehabilitation professionals.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1019647
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate (1) the feasibility of an early vocational rehabilitation (EVR) protocol in the standard rehabilitation process, (2) promoting factors and barriers encountered with the EVR protocol, and (3) perceived effectiveness of the protocol in facilitating return to work (RTW) following acquired brain injury (ABI). Method: A pre- and post-process evaluation was performed in a Dutch rehabilitation center. Dependent variables were feasibility (defined by the usability on process level and fulfillment of usability expectations), promoting factors and barriers, and perceived effectiveness of the protocol. Usability (defined by 13 performance and timing goals) was evaluated with existing forms and registrations. Fulfillment of usability expectations, perceived promoting factors and barriers, and perceived effectiveness were investigated with questionnaires. Data of 23 patients were available for process evaluation. Nine rehabilitation professionals, 10 patients with ABI, nine employers, and six occupational physicians completed the questionnaires. Results: Two-thirds of the performance goals and one-fourth of the timing goals were reached. All respondents cited the structured protocol as a promoting factor. Thirty-two of the thirty-four participants perceived the protocol as being suitable facilitating RTW after ABI. Conclusions: The EVR protocol provides a structured strategy to focus on RTW during standard rehabilitation. It is now possible to implement and test the protocol in other rehabilitation settings. Implications for Rehabilitation The early vocational rehabilitation (EVR) facilitates an interdisciplinary and systematic focus on return to work during rehabilitation of people with acquired brain injury. The feasibility of the EVR protocol has been tested. The EVR protocol is ready for implementation and wider testing in other rehabilitation settings.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1017057
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: This study explored the stories of parents of youth with severe physical disabilities to understand how they viewed the quality of their family social participation; the barriers to social participation faced as families and the strategies and supports that might be used to reduce these barriers. Method: Ten parents of youth (10-18 years) with severe physical disabilities, recruited through specialist schools, health and disability services, were interviewed using a narratively-oriented interview tool: the Occupational Performance History Interview-II. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Narrative and thematic analytic approaches were used to construct each parent's story of family social participation issues, and to identify themes across stories. Results: Parents used highly structured routines and required substantial resources, particularly adult assistance and financial means, to facilitate family social participation. Needs were greater when the youth was more severely impaired, heavier, incontinent or had fragile health. Parents' choice of family activities and belief that they could influence the quality, enjoyment and satisfaction derived from family social participation were shaped by past experiences and the perceived benefits of participation. Conclusions: Family social participation relied on flexible supports tailored to families' needs and preferences. Greater choice and control of resources are central to enabling valued participation. Implications for Rehabilitation Government resources need to be directed towards improving community based wheelchair accessibility and public toilet facilities for youth with Level V GMFCS-E&R impairments and their families. Disability service delivery models need to enable families to choose the types of high quality care and support that will facilitate valued family social participation. Clinicians need to be aware that families of the most severely impaired children, who are heavier, incontinent or in fragile health, will require substantially more resources than other families to facilitate their social participation.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1019013
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the potential value of a new personalized activity-based feedback treatment. Method: A prognostic cohort study was carried out in the daily environment of the patients. Seventeen individuals with chronic lower back pain (CLBP) symptoms for >3 months were included. Patients were from the Netherlands, aged 18–65 years. Patients wore an accelerometer and a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) for 15 d. Patients received continuous and time-related personalized feedback and were instructed to follow the activity pattern as displayed on the PDA. Technical performance and compliance with the system were rated. Objective and subjective activity scores were compared for exploring awareness. The absolute difference between the activity pattern of the patient and the norm value used was calculated and expressed as mean difference. Pain intensity was measured using the VAS. Results: The technical performance and compliance with the system were rated moderate. More than half of the patients were aware of their activity level during the feedback days (67%). A positive effect of the feedback was seen in a trend which showed a decrease in the absolute difference between the activity pattern of the patient and the norm value (p = 0.149) and a significant decrease in pain intensity levels (p = 0.005). Conclusions: This pilot study suggested that an individual-tailored feedback system that focuses on the activity behavior of the patient has potential as the treatment of individuals with CLBP.Implications for Rehabilitation Activity-based feedback for individuals with chronic low back pain:Many patients are not aware of their activity patterns.The activity patterns of patients differ from those of healthy controls.It is important to make patients aware of their activity patterns in order to change activity behavior.An individual-tailored feedback system seems promising in decreasing pain intensity levels for a subgroup of patients.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1019009
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate a new service role in mental health services, namely, the senior dual disability coordinator role (SDDC) for its impact on the perceived self-efficacy of mental health clinicians in managing clients with dual disability (mental illness and acquired brain injury and/or intellectual disability) and their job satisfaction. Method: Mental health clinicians from a health service district in Queensland, Australia who contacted the SDDC for clinical consultation and liaison between July 2011 and July 2013 were asked to complete a questionnaire assessing perceived self-efficacy in working with clients with dual disability as well as their job satisfaction, prior to (T1) and following (T2) their contact with the SDDC. Results: Twenty-five clinicians completed and returned pre- and post-measure questionnaires. Self-reported knowledge of dual disability, clinical skills in dual disability, service knowledge in dual disability as well as perceived self-efficacy, and job satisfaction increased significantly from T1 to T2. There were no significant differences across professional discipline or years of service. Conclusions: The delivery of a clinical consultation liaison service as part of the role of SDDC may assist mental health clinicians with self-efficacy and job satisfaction, regardless of the number of years they have worked in the service or their professional discipline. Mental health clinicians with improved self-efficacy for working with clients with dual disability may be more likely to consider the client suitable for services through mental health and follow-up with treatment and linking the client with other identified suitable services. Implications for Rehabilitation Dual disability (mental illness and acquired brain injury and/or intellectual disability) presents specific challenges for mental health services Specific strategies are needed to build capacity among mental health practitioners in order to meet the needs of people with dual disability and provide appropriate services. Introducing dual disability coordinators as a specific position within a health service district may assist to improve self-efficacy and job satisfaction of mental health practitioners assisting people with dual disability.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1021020