Disability and Rehabilitation Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 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
2004 Impact Factor 1.144
2003 Impact Factor 1.053
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 (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

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
    • Non-commercial
    • 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: This systematic review was conducted to provide rich and deep evidence of the perceived determinants and consequences of physical activity and exercise based on qualitative research in multiple sclerosis (MS). Electronic databases and article reference lists were searched to identify qualitative studies of physical activity and exercise in MS. Studies were included if they were written in English and examined consequences/determinants of physical activity in persons with MS. Content analysis of perceived determinants and consequences of physical activity and exercise was undertaken using an inductive analysis guided by the Physical Activity for people with Disabilities framework and Social Cognitive Theory, respectively. Nineteen articles were reviewed. The most commonly identified perceived barriers of physical activity and exercise were related to the environmental (i.e. minimal or no disabled facilities, and minimal or conflicting advice from healthcare professionals) and related to personal barriers (i.e. fatigue, and fear and apprehension). The most commonly identified perceived facilitators of physical activity were related to the environment (i.e. the type of exercise modality and peer support) and related to personal facilitators (i.e. appropriate exercise and feelings of accomplishment). The most commonly identified perceived beneficial consequences of physical activity and exercise were maintaining physical functions, increased social participation and feelings of self-management and control. The most commonly identified perceived adverse consequences were increased fatigue and feelings of frustration and lost control. Results will inform future research on the perceived determinants and consequences of physical activity and exercise in those with MS and can be adopted for developing professional education and interventions for physical activity and exercise in MS. Implications for Rehabilitation Physical activity and exercise behaviour in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) is subject to a number of modifiable determinants. Healthcare professionals working to promote physical activity and exercise in those with MS should choose to endorse the positive benefits of participation. Future physical activity interventions for those with MS may be improved by incorporating behavioural management strategies.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1077397
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to evaluate selected temporal and spatial gait parameters in patients with intermittent claudication after completion of 12-week supervised treadmill walking training. The study included 36 patients (26 males and 10 females) aged: mean 64 (SD 7.7) with intermittent claudication. All patients were tested on treadmill (Gait Trainer, Biodex). Before the programme and after its completion, the following gait biomechanical parameters were tested: step length (cm), step cycle (cycle/s), leg support time (%), coefficient of step variation (%) as well as pain-free walking time (PFWT) and maximal walking time (MWT) were measured. Training was conducted in accordance with the current TASC II guidelines. After 12 weeks of training, patients showed significant change in gait biomechanics consisting in decreased frequency of step cycle (p < 0.05) and extended step length (p < 0.05). PFWT increased by 96% (p < 0.05). MWT increased by 100% (p < 0.05). After completing the training, patients' gait was more regular, which was expressed via statistically significant decrease of coefficient of variation (p < 0.05) for both legs. No statistically significant relation between the post-training improvement of PFWT and MWT and step length increase and decreased frequency of step cycle was observed (p > 0.05). Implications for Rehabilitation Twelve-week treadmill walking training programme may lead to significant improvement of temporal and spatial gait parameters in patients with intermittent claudication. Twelve-week treadmill walking training programme may lead to significant improvement of pain-free walking time and maximum walking time in patients with intermittent claudication.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1075073
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    ABSTRACT: Families of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) often perceive patients' functional capabilities differently from patients themselves. Research documents inconsistent findings regarding direction of differences. Differences have implications for family support and are germane to clinicians' treatment planning during rehabilitation. We compared two analytic approaches to patient-family differences in ratings of 30 functional tasks: (a) comparing patients' and families' mean scores in domains derived from factor analysis versus (b) examining differences on a task-by-task basis. In-home interviews were conducted with 83 outpatients with TBI at a Veteran Affairs polytrauma clinic and for each a family member, using the Patient Competency Rating Scale with both. Principal components analysis identified three functional domains - cognitive, interpersonal/emotional and physical - with significant patient-family differences in the cognitive domain only (family competency ratings were higher). By contrast, task-by-task examination showed significant veteran-family differences in 12 items, mostly in interpersonal/emotional functioning, with mixed directions of differences. The task-by-task approach thus revealed a different picture of patient-family differences than examination by functional domains. Grouping tasks by domains may obscure important differences in functional ratings. Examination of patient-family differences by task has clinical applications for helping patients and families to manage TBI symptoms and for treatment planning. Implications for Rehabilitation Differences in functional capacity ratings by patients with TBI and their family members are not well understood, with past research demonstrating inconsistencies in direction of difference. Differences in ratings may affect family relationships and may inform clinicians' treatment plans. The study showed that different approaches to analyzing the same data yield two distinct pictures of patient-family differences. Examining patient-family differences by specific tasks is clinically meaningful. The Competency Rating Scale could be used as a clinical tool with patients and families. Its use may improve family understanding of the patient's strengths and struggles and also guide treatment planning.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1077531
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    ABSTRACT: To examine pre- and post-injury self-reported driver behaviour and safety in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who returned to driving after occupational therapy driver assessment and on-road rehabilitation. A self-report questionnaire, administered at an average of 4.5 years after completing an on-road driver assessment, documenting pre- and post-injury crash rates, near-crashes, frequency of driving, distances driven, driving conditions avoided and navigation skills, was completed by 106 participants, who had either passed the initial driver assessment (pass group n = 74), or required driver rehabilitation, prior to subsequent assessments (rehabilitation group n = 32). No significant difference was found between pre- and post-injury crash rates. Compared to pre-injury, 36.8% of drivers reported limiting driving time, 40.6% drove more slowly, 41.5% reported greater difficulty with navigating and 20.0% reported more near-crashes. The rehabilitation group (with greater injury severity) was significantly more likely to drive less frequently, shorter distances, avoid: driving with passengers, busy traffic, night and freeway driving than the pass group. Many drivers with moderate/severe TBI who completed a driver assessment and rehabilitation program at least 3 months post-injury, reported modifying their driving behaviour, and did not report more crashes compared to pre-injury. On-road driver training and training in navigation may be important interventions in driver rehabilitation programs. Implications for Rehabilitation Driver assessment and on-road retraining are important aspects of rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. Many drivers with moderate/severe TBI, reported modifying their driving behaviour to compensate for ongoing impairment and continued to drive safely in the longer term. Navigational difficulties were commonly experienced following TBI, suggesting that training in navigation may be an important aspect of driver rehabilitation.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1074293
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy of Nordic pole walking (NPW) training with traditional treadmill training (TT) on a claudication (CD) and maximum walking distance (MWD) in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Patients with intermittent claudication (IC) (n = 70; age=68.27) in the Fontaine class II were randomized into a two three-month rehabilitation programs performed three times per week. TT were finished by 31 patients, NPW by 21. Walking capacity was measured by an exercise treadmill test (ETT) with the Gardner-Skinner protocol (before and after the program) and six minute walk test (6MWT) (before, during and after the program). In an ETT both groups reached significant increase in CD and MWD (p ≤ 0.005). In 6MWT NPW group reached significant increase in both CD (p = 0.001) and MWD (p = 0.001), whereas the TT group only in MWD (p = 0.001). NPW has been shown to be as effective as the standard TT and is much less expensive. It should be the preferred method of exercise for PAD patients with IC. Implications for Rehabilitation Nordic walking training is a valuable form of rehabilitation for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients with intermittent claudication (IC). Nordic walking has been shown to be as efficient as traditional treadmill training. It is however more cost-effective method of rehabilitation in PAD patients.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1077398
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    ABSTRACT: To examine factors associated with changes in mobility and living arrangements in a comprehensive geriatric outpatient assessment after hip fracture. Population-based prospective data on 887 consecutive hip fracture patients aged 65 years and older. The domains of the geriatric assessment were the independent and changes in mobility level and living arrangements 4 months postoperatively the outcome variables. Of the survivors, 499 (73%) attended the assessment. The mobility level had declined in 39% of the attendees and 38% of them had moved to more supported living arrangements 4 months after the hip fracture. In the age-adjusted univariate logistic regression analyses, almost all the domains of the comprehensive geriatric assessment were significantly associated with both outcomes. In the forward stepwise multivariate analysis, disability in activities of daily living, poor performance in Timed Up and Go and comorbidity as measured by the American Society of Anesthesiologists scores remained significantly associated with the outcomes. While comorbidity and disability in activities of daily living and mobility are the major indicators of poor outcomes of mobility and living arrangements after hip fracture, all the domains in the comprehensive geriatric assessment deserve attention during hip fracture care and rehabilitation. Implications for Rehabilitation In almost half of the patients the mobility level and living arrangements had deteriorated 4 months after the hip fracture, suggesting an urgent need for more effective postoperative rehabilitation. Almost all the domains of the comprehensive geriatric assessment were associated with poor outcomes and require equal attention during the acute and postacute phases of hip fracture care and in the course of rehabilitation. A geriatric outpatient assessment a few months after the hip fracture provides a check-point for the outcomes and an opportunity to target interventions at different domains of the comprehensive assessment.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1074728
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    ABSTRACT: In order to enhance the quality of the data collected in a multicentre validation study of a revised Danish version of the McGill Ingestive Skills Assessment (MISA), the authors developed a rater training programme. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of the training on scoring performance and scale-specific expertise amongst raters. During 2 days of rater training, 81 occupational therapists (OTs) were qualified to observe and score dysphagic clients' mealtime performance according to the criteria of 36 MISA-items. The training effects were evaluated pre- to post-training using percentage exact agreement (PA) of scored MISA items of a case-vignette and a Likert scale self-report of scale-specific expertise. PA increased significantly from pre- to post-training (Z = -4.404, p < 0.001), although items for which the case-vignette reflected deficient mealtime performance appeared most difficult to score. The OTs scale-specific expertise improved significantly (knowledge: Z = -7.857, p < 0.001 and confidence: Z = -7.838, p < 0.001). Rater training improved OTs scoring performance when using the Danish MISA as well as their perceived scale-specific expertise. Future rater training should emphasis the items identified as those most difficult to score. Additionally, further studies addressing different training approaches and durations are warranted. Implications for Rehabilitation When occupational therapists (OTs) use the McGill Ingestive Skills Assessment (MISA) they observe, interpret and record occupational performance of dysphagic clients participating in a meal. This is a highly complex task, which might introduce unwanted variability in measurement scores. A 2-day rater training programme was developed and this builds on the findings of several studies. These suggest that combinations of different training methods tend to yield the most effective results. Participation in the newly developed training programme on how to administer the MISA significantly reduces unwanted variability in measurement scores and improves OTs' competency. The training programme could be used in undergraduate and postgraduate dysphagia education initiatives to help OTs understanding of the content and the scoring criteria for each aspect of occupational performance during a meal, thus developing observation skills as well as recognizing and avoiding the most common errors in measurement scores.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1076069
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study is to determine whether persons with neuropsychiatric disorders experience a common set of psychosocial difficulties using qualitative data from focus groups and individual interviews. The study was performed in five European countries (Finland, Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain) using the focus groups and individual interviews with persons with nine neuropsychiatric disorders (dementia, depression, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, stroke and substance dependence). Digitally recorded sessions were analysed using a step-by-step qualitative and quantitative methodology resulting in the compilation of a common set of psychosocial difficulties using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a framework. Sixty-seven persons participated in the study. Most persons with neuropsychiatric disorders experience difficulties in emotional functions, sleeping, carrying out daily routine, working and interpersonal relationships in common. Sixteen out of 33 psychosocial difficulties made up the common set. This set includes mental functions, pain and issues addressing activities and participation and provides first evidence for the hypothesis of horizontal epidemiology of psychosocial difficulties in neuropsychiatric disorders. This study provides information about psychosocial difficulties that should be covered in the treatment and rehabilitation of persons with neuropsychiatric disorders regardless of clinical diagnoses. Implications for Rehabilitation Emotional problems, work and sleep problems should be addressed in all the treatments of neuropsychiatric disorders regardless of their specific diagnosis, etiology and severity. Personality issues should be targeted in the treatment for neurological disorders, whereas communication skill training may also be useful for mental disorders. The effects of medication and social environment on patient's daily life should be considered in all the neuropsychiatric conditions.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1074729
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate utility of the Community Integration Questionnaire (CIQ) in a mixed sample of adults with neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Cross-sectional, interview-based study. Participants were community-dwelling adults with disabilities resulting from neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders (N = 54), who participated in a pre-vocational readiness and social skills training program. Psychometric properties of the Community Integration Questionnaire (CIQ) were assessed and validated against Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory (MPAI) and The Problem Checklist from the New York University Head Injury Family Interview (PCL). Based on the revised scoring procedures, psychometric properties of the CIQ Home Competency scale were excellent, followed by the Total score and Social Integration scale. Productive Activity scale had low content validity and a weak association with the total score. Convergent and discriminant validity of the CIQ were demonstrated by correlation patterns with MPAI scales in the expected direction. Significant relationship was found with PCL Physical/Dependency scale. Significant associations were found with sex, living status, and record of subsequent employment. The results provide support for the use of the CIQ as a measure of participation in individuals with neurological and neuropsychiatric diagnoses and resulting disabilities. Implications for Rehabilitation An important goal of rehabilitation and training programs for individuals with dysfunction of the central nervous system is to promote their participation in social, vocational, and domestic activities. The Community Integration Questionnaire (CIQ) is a brief and efficient instrument for measuring these participation domains. This study demonstrated good psychometric properties and high utility of the CIQ in a sample of 54 individuals participating in a prevocational training program.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1070296
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    ABSTRACT: To examine the associations between physical activity, health-related quality of life and happiness in young people with cerebral palsy. A total of 70 young people with cerebral palsy (45 males, 25 females; mean age 13 years 11 months, SD 2 years 0 month) took part in a cross-sectional, descriptive postal survey assessing physical activity (Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents), functional ability (Gross Motor Function Classification System), quality of life (Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0) and happiness (single Likert-scale item). Relationships between physical activity, quality of life and happiness were examined using backward stepwise linear regression. Physical activity significantly predicted physical quality of life (R(2 )= 0.64, β = 6.12, p = 0.02), social quality of life (R(2 )= 0.28, β = 9.27, p < 0.01) and happiness (R(2 )= 0.08, β = 0.9, p = 0.04). Physical activity was not associated with emotional or school quality of life. This study found a positive association between physical activity, social and physical quality of life, and happiness in young people with cerebral palsy. Findings underscore the potential benefits of physical activity for the wellbeing of young people with cerebral palsy, in addition to its well-recognised physical and health benefits. Implications for Rehabilitation Physical activity is a key predictor of quality of life and happiness in young people with cerebral palsy. Physical activity is widely recognised as having physical health benefits for young people with cerebral palsy; however, this study also highlights that it may have important benefits for wellbeing, quality of life and happiness. This emphasises the need for clinical services and intervention studies aimed specifically at increasing physical activity amongst children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 07/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1066450
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    ABSTRACT: To explore which variables are associated to or determinants of work-related difficulties or unemployment in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Papers published between 1993 and February 2015 were included. Quality was judged as poor, acceptable, good or excellent. Determinants were extracted from prospective and retrospective data, associated variables from cross-sectional data; variables were grouped by similarity. Evidence was judged as strong if there were at least two good studies reporting the same results; limited if there was only one good and some acceptable studies. Forty-two papers were selected, for a total of 31 192 patients (75% females). Work-related difficulties were referred as unemployment, lower amount of worked hours or job cessation. Strong evidence of impact over work-related difficulties was found for a core set of variables, i.e. expanded disability status scale, MS duration, patients' age, fatigue and walking problems. Little evidence exists on the impact of contextual factors. Most of the variables identified as associated to or determinants of work-related difficulties can be treated through rehabilitative interventions. It is important that future research addresses not only unemployment issues in MS, but also the amount and severity of problems affecting work-related tasks relying on specific assessment instruments. Implications for Rehabilitation Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects young persons of working age and limitation in work activities is part of MS-related disability, but they are not consistently addressed in MS research: EDSS, MS duration, patients' age, fatigue, walking problems, cognitive and neuropsychological impairments were the factors most commonly found as associated to or determinant of difficulties with work. Evidence exists that rehabilitation interventions are effective for fatigue, cognitive impairment, mobility and walking difficulties. However, research did not address the impact of rehabilitation programmes on vocational outcomes. Rehabilitation researchers should include MS-specific assessment instruments for work-related difficulties to standardised clinical protocols, so that the benefits of rehabilitation on persons' ability to work can be demonstrated directly: in this way, cost-benefit balance analyses can be added to the evaluation of treatment effectiveness.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 07/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1070295