Disability and Rehabilitation (Disabil Rehabil )

Publisher: International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Taylor & Francis

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
2004 Impact Factor 1.144
2003 Impact Factor 1.053

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 (Online), Disability & rehabilitation, Journal of disability and rehabilitation
ISSN 1464-5165
OCLC 41393353
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Taylor & Francis

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • SSH: Social Science and Humanities
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
    • 'Taylor & Francis (Psychology Press)' is an imprint of 'Taylor & Francis'
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This study tested whether persons with Recent Spinal Cord Injury (RSCI) who practice Adapted Physical Activities (APA) and those who do not differ with regard to achievement goals, physical self-perceptions, and self-esteem. Adults with RSCI in rehabilitation centers voluntarily completed questionnaires of achievement goals and self-esteem. Then, based on whether they engaged or not in APA programs, they were considered participants or non-participants in APA. Compared to participants, non-participants were more oriented toward mastery-avoidance goals and had lower scores of physical self-worth and global self-esteem. No differences were found for other achievement goals and for low-level dimensions of physical self. These findings suggest that mastery-avoidance goals are associated with a maladaptive motivational pattern when intrapersonal comparison conveys a threat for the self. Practical implications for rehabilitation programs for persons with RSCI are offered.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: To describe an adult population with congenital limb deficiency (CLD) recruited through the National Resource Centre for Rare Disorders (TRS) in Norway: (1) demographic factors, (2) clinical features, (3) pain and (4) use of health care and welfare services. Methods: Cross-sectional study. In 2012, a postal questionnaire was sent to 186 eligible persons with CLD, age 20 years and older. Results: Ninety-seven respondents, median-age 39 years (range: 20-82); 71% were women. The population was divided into two subgroups: (1) unilateral upper-limb deficiency (UULD) n = 77, (2) multiple and/or lower-limb deficiency (MLD/LLD). About 40% worked full-time, 18% received disability pensions and 64% reported chronic pain, mostly bilateral pain. Grip-improving devices were used more often than prostheses; 23% were previous prosthesis users. Use of health care and welfare services are described. No significant differences were found between the subgroups regarding pain or employment status. Conclusions: Persons with CLD reported increased prevalence of chronic pain, mostly bilateral, and increased prevalence of early retirement. A greater focus on the benefits of the use of assistive devices, the consequences of overuse and vocational guidance may moderate pain and prevent early retirement. Further studies of more representative samples should be conducted to confirm our findings. Implications for Rehabilitation Most adults with congenital limb deficiency (CLD) live ordinary lives and experience normal life events. However, several report chronic pain and retire before normal retirement age. In spite of free and accessible prosthetic services, a large fraction chooses not to use prosthesis, more use grip-improving devices for specific activities. These preferences should be acknowledged by rehabilitation specialists. Focus on individually adapted environments, more information about the consequences of overuse, and vocational guidance may moderate pain and prevent early retirement.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 01/2015; Early Online.
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: Workers' own expectations for return to work consistently predict work status. To advance the understanding of the relationship between RTW expectations and outcomes, we reviewed existing measures to determine those which we felt were the most likely to capture the construct. Method: A comprehensive search of the work-disability rehabilitation literature was undertaken. The review of the measures was conducted in three steps: first, a review of terminology; second, an examination of whether a time reference was included; third, an evaluation of ease of comprehension, and applicability across contexts. Results: A total of 42 different measures were identified. One of the most striking findings was the inconsistency in terminology. Measures were also limited by not including a time reference. Problems were also identified with regards to ease of understanding, utility of response options, and applicability in a wide variety of research and applied settings. Conclusions: Most previously used measures contain elements that potentially limit utility. However, it would seem that further development can overcome these, resulting in a tool that provides risk prediction information, and an opportunity to start a conversation to help identify problems that might negatively impact a worker's movement through the RTW process and the outcomes achieved. Implications for Rehabilitation Return to work is an integral part of workplace injury management. The capture of RTW expectations affords a way to identify the potential for less than optimal RTW processes and outcomes. A mismatch between an injured worker's expectations and what other stakeholders might expect suggests that efforts could be made to determine what is causing the injured worker's concerns. Once underling issues are identified, work can be put into resolving these so that the worker's return to the workplace is not impeded.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 11/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The purpose of this study is to describe thoughts and attitudes of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when talking about exercise training as treatment. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were performed and analyzed with the grounded theory method. Four men and six women were interviewed (ages 66–84 years), with moderate to severe COPD, and no experience of organized exercise training as treatment for COPD. Results: The analysis resulted in one core category, unknown territory, and three categories, good for those who can, but not for me; fear of future; and mastering. Exercise training as treatment was perceived by the participants as something unknown. It was also described as important for others but not for them. Their perceptions were that they could not perform exercise training, and did not have the knowledge of what or how to perform exercise that was good for them. Conclusions: Patients with COPD, with no previous experience of exercise training as treatment for their disease, describe exercise training as something unknown and unimportant for them. The results provide important knowledge for healthcare professionals regarding how to educate patients with COPD about the content and benefits of exercise training as treatment.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To examine the feasibility of using an exercise intervention for reducing menstrual pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea (PD) and to obtain preliminary results to estimate the sample size for a future randomized controlled trial (RCT). Methods: A quasi-experimental design was applied. Ten women 18–45 years with PD were included. The participants underwent vigorous aerobic training at the School of Physiotherapy on a treadmill three times a week for up to 4 weeks followed by aerobic training at home for up to 4 weeks. The feasibility measures were adherence to the intervention programme and intervention prescription, retention and safety. The short form McGill pain questionnaire was used to measure pain at first (T1), second (T2) and third (T3) menstrual cycles following trial entry. Results: Overall adherence was 98%, with 100% adherence to clinic-based intervention and intervention prescription and 96% for home exercise programme. Retention rate was 100%. With respect to pain a large effect size was identified at T2 and T3. No adverse events reported. Conclusions: Results demonstrated that the intervention is applicable and feasible. In addition, the preliminary results show evidence of positive changes after the intervention. The intervention programme’s effectiveness will be studied further, in a future RCT.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 09/2014; Article in press.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The objectives of this study were: (1) to understand and describe the challenges that women with physical disabilities face during their motherhood process; (2) to understand and describe their strengths, and (3) to produce a list of supports that health professionals and policy makers should apply in order to address the needs of these mothers. Methods: The study was conducted within the phenomenological-constructivist paradigm. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 mothers age 32–62 with various physical disabilities. Results: The findings revealed both physical and mental challenges that these women have faced during their motherhood. Although these challenges, the women evaluated that motherhood, in the context of disability, helped them to develop positive disability identity, to frame and accept their interdependence and to become resilient. Their disability also influenced the children, i.e. they have learned how to cope with difficulties. The mothers recommended making the environment more accessible for them, providing physical and emotional support, parental guidance, information about their rights, and financial benefits to meet their children's needs. Conclusions: Mothering with a disability can result in personal growth, but this positive process requires interdependence, creative and collaborative approach applied in rehabilitation practices Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/eprint/FHfV3kmFmu9d4EivW58X/full
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore the extent to which youth with physical disabilities encounter different barriers to finding employment compared to their typically developing peers. Method: This study draws on 50 qualitative in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of 31 youth (16 typically developing and 15 with a disability), and youth employers and job counselors knowledgeable about employment readiness among adolescents (n=19). We utilize Bronfrebrenner’s (1976) ecological framework to reveal the complex web of factors shaping youth’s labour market outcomes. Results: Only half of youth with a disability were working or looking for work compared to their peers. The findings show this was a result of different expectations of, and attitudes towards, youth with disabilities. For many youth with a disability, their peers, family and social networks often acted as a barrier to getting a job. Many youth also lacked independence and life skills that are needed to get a job (i.e., self-cx are and navigating public transportation) compared to their peers. Job counselors focused on linking youth to employers and mediating parental concerns. Employers appeared to have weaker links to youth with disabilities. System level barriers included lack of funding and policies to enhance disability awareness among employers. Conclusions: Youth with physical disabilities encounter some similar barriers to finding employment compared to their typically developing peers but in a stronger way. Barriers to employment exist at several levels including individual, socio-structural and environmental. The results highlight that although there are several barriers to employment for young people at the microsystem level, they are linked with larger social and environmental barriers.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 06/2014; in press.
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: To examine whether Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scores on admission can predict the future care levels of patients after acute stroke. Methods: In this multicenter retrospective cohort study, we enrolled post-acute stroke patients and assessed stroke subtypes, self-care abilities using FIM scores, and discharge destination. Patients' care levels were assessed according to the Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) system (0-5: slight impairment to bedridden), the national insurance plan for care in Japan, at discharge. We divided patients into two groups according to LTCI care levels (0-2 versus 3-5) to compare their clinical characteristics using multivariate logistic regression analysis. The trial was registered with the UMIN Clinical Trials Registry (UMIN000012653). Results: Of the 1261 patients (47% female, mean age 75 years), 492 (39%) fulfilled LTCI care levels 0-2. FIM scores on admission were significantly correlated with LTCI care levels (p < 0.001). On multivariate analysis, age and FIM scores on admission were found to be independent predictors of LTCI care levels 0-2. Conclusions: FIM scores on admission after stroke can independently predict later care requirements. Early prediction of LTCI care levels may contribute to the early supported discharge and improve the efficiency of healthcare planning. Implications for Rehabilitation There is a clear relationship between Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scores and the care levels certified by the Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) system, a national healthcare and insurance system in Japan. FIM scores on admission can predict future LTCI care levels required for patients after acute stroke. Early prediction of LTCI care levels may contribute to early supported discharge, improve the efficiency of stroke management and assist healthcare planning.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 05/2014;