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: 1.99

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.985
2013 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 2.14
Cited half-life 6.40
Immediacy index 0.32
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.63
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

  • Matilde Leonardi · Catherine R Sykes · Richard Cawley Madden · Huib Ten Napel · Judith Hollenweger · Stefanus Snyman · Rosamond Helen Madden · Olaf Kraus De Camargo · Alberto Raggi · Coen H van Gool · Andrea Martinuzzi
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1089604
  • Karin Eriksson · Emma Forsgren · Lena Hartelius · Charlotta Saldert
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To evaluate the effect of a communication partner training programme directed to enrolled nurses working with people with communication disorders in nursing homes, using an individualised approach. Method: Five dyads consisting of a person with stroke-induced aphasia (n = 4) or Parkinson's disease (PD) (n = 1) living in different nursing homes and his/her enrolled nurse participated in the study, which had a replicated single-subject design with multiple baselines across individuals. The main element of the intervention was supervised analysis of video-recorded natural interaction in everyday nursing situations and the formulation of individual goals to change particular communicative strategies. Results: Outcome was measured via blinded assessments of filmed natural interaction obtained at baseline, intervention and follow-up and showed an increased use of the target communicative strategies. Subjective measures of goal attainment by the enrolled nurses were consistent with these results. Measures of perceived functional communication on behalf of the persons with communication disorders were mostly positive; four of five participants with communication disorders and two of five enrolled nurses reported improved functional communication after intervention. Conclusions: The use of an individualised communication partner training programme led to significant changes in natural interaction, which contributes importantly to a growing body of knowledge regarding communication partner training. Implications for rehabilitation Communication partner training can improve the communicative environment of people with communication disorders. For people with communication disorders who live in institutions, the main conversation partner is likely to be a professional caretaker. An individualised approach for communication partner training that focussed on specific communication patterns was successful in increasing the use of supportive strategies that enrolled nurses used in natural interaction with persons with communication disorders. The training also positively affected the perceived functional communication of the persons with communication disorders.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1089952
  • Richard Nicol · Meri Robinson Nicol · Maren Hopfe · Dave Newell
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Understanding the content of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) questionnaires can facilitate comparison and selection of the most appropriate tool in the assessment of patients with low back pain. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), as part of the WHO-FIC, can be used as a standardised method for mapping and comparing HRQOL questionnaire content. The purpose of this study was to link the Bournemouth Questionnaire (BQ) to the ICF in order to assess and compare the content of the BQ to the brief ICF core sets for low back pain. Methods: The BQ was linked to the ICF following the rules described by Cieza and Stuki. Following the linking process, the results were further linked to the brief ICF core sets for low back pain. Results: The BQ covered 21 ICF categories within the domains of body functions and activities and participation. Only five meaningful concepts could not be linked to the ICF. The brief core sets for low back pain contain 35 categories, identified as important concepts in back pain patients. The BQ covered 10 of the categories of the brief core sets. Conclusion: HRQOL tools provide valuable information about the health status of patients. Content comparison based on ICF provides relevant information about the concepts covered and enables selection of the appropriate clinical tools. The BQ is easy to administer and is linked to a number of important concepts contained within the ICF and to concepts considered to be important in the assessment of patients with LBP. Implications for Rehabilitation Selecting appropriate health-related quality of life (HRQOL) tools can prove difficult, with such a variety of them available, and each with varying content. ICF provides a standardised framework for the content assessment of HRQOL tools. Understanding the content of HRQOL tools can facilitate better tool selection and assist in the accurate assessment of patients with low back pain.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1090484
  • Sarah E Davies · Karen J Dodd · April Tu · Emiliano Zucchi · Stefania Zen · Keith D Hill
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To determine whether English proficiency and/or the frequency of interpreter use impacts on health outcomes for inpatient stroke rehabilitation. Method: Study design: Retrospective case-control study. Participants: People admitted for inpatient stroke rehabilitation. A high English proficiency group comprised people with native or near native English proficiency (n = 80), and a low English proficiency group comprised people who preferred a language other than English (n = 80). Outcome measures: Length of stay (LOS), discharge destination and Functional Independence Measure (FIM). Results: The low English proficiency group showed a greater improvement in FIM from admission to discharge (p = 0.04). No significant differences were found between groups in LOS, discharge destination and number of encounters with allied health professionals. Increased interpreter usage improved FIM efficiency but did not significantly alter other outcomes. Conclusion: English proficiency does not appear to impact on health outcomes in inpatient rehabilitation with a primarily in-house professional interpreter service. However, there is a need for a larger powered study to confirm these findings. Implications for rehabilitation People with low English proficiency undergoing inpatient stroke rehabilitation in a setting with a primarily in-house professional interpreter service, achieved similar outcomes to those with high English proficiency irrespective of frequency of interpreter usage. A non-significant increase of 4 days length of stay was observed in the low English proficiency group compared to the high English proficiency group. For patients with low English proficiency, greater change in Functional Independence Measure efficiency scores was observed for those with higher levels of interpreter use relative to those with low interpreter use. Clinicians should optimise use of interpreters with patients with low English proficiency when possible.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1092173
  • Joseph M Czerniecki · David C Morgenroth
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Amputation results in reduced mobility and contributes to reduced quality of life. The increased metabolic cost of ambulation has been suggested as an important contributor to reduced mobility in this population. Current research on the metabolic energy expenditure of ambulation will be critically reviewed from the perspectives of ecological validity of the research methods and the relative contribution to functional improvement in amputees. Recommendations will be made regarding possible future directions for research and their potential clinical utility. Methods: Narrative review. Results: The methods used to quantify metabolic energy expenditure of amputee ambulation do not emulate typical mobility conditions that amputees experience. Amputee mobility is characterized by short bouts of activity with starting, stopping and changes of direction. This is opposed to the typical metabolic testing protocol that requires at least 5 min of steady state linear walking on a treadmill. These studies, therefore, have limitations in ecological validity and therefore limitations in the extent to which they accurately reflect the effect of amputation level, amputation etiology and prosthetic components on energy consumption during walking. Further, the broader perspective on outcomes after dysvascular amputation and sports participation limitations, raises questions about the relative importance of improving metabolic costs and its potential effect on improving mobility in amputees. Conclusion: The greatest potential clinical impact of future research requires methods with improved ecological validity, and the ability to translate metabolic energy expenditure outcomes into functional terms that are meaningful to both clinicians and patients. Implications for Rehabilitation The search for objective measurements to define the effects of amputation on outcome and the consequences of prosthetic components on mobility has focused in part on the use of study designs incorporating metabolic measurement. However, there are important limitations to the ecological validity of these measures and their relative importance as an outcome measure in dysvascular amputees as well as in sports/leisure participation. Novel research approaches are required to quantify the functional impact of increased metabolic energy expenditure and to better understand the psychophysical limitations that result.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1095948
  • Simon John Zuscak · Carmelle Peisah · Alison Ferguson
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: This paper explores the clinical implications of acquired communication disorders in decisional capacity. Discipline-specific contributions are discussed in a multidisciplinary context, with a specific focus on the role of speech and language pathologists (SLPs). Method: Key rehabilitation issues in determining decisional capacity are identified. The impact of communication impairment on capacity is discussed in light of the research literature relating to supportive communication and collaborative practice that respects human rights. Results: Guidelines are presented for professionals involved in the assessment of the decisional capacity of individuals with communication disorders of neurological origin. They guide an assessor through: assessing cognition, language and speech; determining preferred communication domains; and practical strategies and considerations for maximising communication. Conclusion: There is a dearth of guidelines available that deal with augmenting and supporting communication of individuals with acquired communication disorders of neurological origin when it comes to assessing legal decision-making capacity. Capacity assessment is a multidisciplinary realm, and the involvement of SLPs is key to maximising the decision-making capacity of these individuals. Implications for rehabilitation All clinicians have an obligation to maximise client autonomy and participation in decision-making. Assessments of capacity should involve a general cognitive ability assessment, followed by a decision-specific assessment tool or question set for the decision facing the patient. The involvement of speech and language pathologists (SLPs) is key to assess and facilitate capacity determinations in instances of cognitive-communication disorder. Impairments in different aspects of auditory comprehension require different accommodations.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1092176
  • Abdulgafoor M Bachani · Edward Galiwango · Daniel Kadobera · Jacob A Bentley · David Bishai · Stephen Wegener · Nukhba Zia · Adnan A Hyder
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: There is a need to better measure disability as an outcome to understand the magnitude of the problem and its impact on health and socio-economic status. The aim of this study was to characterize the physical disabilities present at the Iganga-Mayuge Demographic Surveillance Site (IM-DSS) in Uganda. Methods: WHODAS 2.0 was used to examine the consequences of disability on activity limitations and participation in society. One thousand five hundred and fourteen individuals over the age of 18 at the IM-DSS with previously identified physical disabilities were included. Total and domain scores were calculated, and regression analyses examined differences by age, sex, education, occupation and SES. Results: The mean total score was 40.72. Domain 2 - getting around, had the highest mean score (57.21), followed by household activities (55.18). Domains 5.2 (work/school activities) and 6 (participation in society) also had relatively high mean scores - 47.71 and 49.44, respectively. Conclusion: This study serves as an indication of what the major limitations are among individuals in rural Uganda with physical disabilities. In general, individuals with disabilities had the most trouble on getting around, life activities and participation in society. This can guide public health planners and policy-makers on priorities to ameliorate the impact of disabilities in this population. Implications for Rehabilitation This study found that in general, individuals with disabilities had the most trouble on getting around, life activities and participation in society. This can guide public health planners and policy-makers on rehabilitation priorities to ameliorate the impact of disabilities in this population. Efforts can be made to develop and implement rehabilitation programs that cater to the needs of vulnerable populations including females and older individuals. Programs that focus on education and employment for physically disabled individuals ought to be given priority. These could include legislative changes, and modification of the physical environment, among others.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1079928
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To develop a better understanding of the experiences of volunteer work among youth with disabilities. Method: A scoping review was undertaken to assess the benefits and challenges of volunteering among youth with disabilities. Comprehensive searches using six international databases were conducted. Eligible articles included: (a) youth aged 30 or younger, with a disability; (b) empirical research on the benefits or challenges of volunteering; (c) published in a peer-reviewed journal between 1980-2014. Results: Of the 1558 articles identified, 20 articles—involving 1409 participants, aged 12-30, across five countries—met the inclusion criteria. Studies linked volunteering to the development of human capital (i.e., practical experience, improved self-determination, self-confidence, coping), enhanced social capital (i.e., social and communication skills, social inclusion), and improved cultural capital (i.e., helping others, contributing to community). Many youth with disabilities also encountered challenges—including lack of accessible volunteer opportunities, difficulties arranging transportation, and negative attitudes from potential supervisors. Conclusions: Young people with disabilities are willing and able to volunteer, and they report benefits of volunteering; however, they face many challenges in finding suitable volunteer positions. More rigorous research is needed to understand the health and social benefits of volunteering and how it can help youth develop career pathways.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; in press.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: This review was designed as a qualitative metasynthesis aiming to identify factors influencing the intention to exercise and the execution of exercise among persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). Method: Based on principles laid out by Sandelowski and Barroso, this qualitative metasynthesis started with a systematic literature search for studies of PwMS's experiences relating to exercise in the following databases: CINAHL, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Source, PubMed, Web of Science and Psychology & Behavioral Science. The metasynthesis procedure also included critical appraisal using the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research checklist, and integrating synthesis of the articles' findings. Results: The metasynthesis included nine articles. Factors identified as influencing intention to exercise and the execution of exercise included social support, professional support and outcome expectations. Strong relationships between these three themes were detected for the intention to exercise, the execution of exercise or both among PwMS. Conclusions: The present metasynthesis offers a comprehensive understanding of factors influencing the intention to exercise and the execution of exercise among PwMS. Our findings reveal that health professionals influence the part of the process where PwMS enter the exercise setting, as well as the PwMS's intention to exercise. Implications for Rehabilitation Social support, professional support and outcome expectations are potential facilitators and barriers for the intention to exercise and the execution of exercise among PwMS. Health professionals specializing in MS rehabilitation can influence the intention and the execution of physical exercise among PwMS when there exists a personal and supportive patient-professional relationship. Outcome expectations may impact the motivational and volitional phases of physical exercise.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1091859
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Youth with disabilities experience barriers in transitioning to Post-Secondary Education (PSE) and employment. Mentorship programs provide a promising approach to supporting youth through those transitions. This paper aims to identify the effective components of mentorship programs and describe participants’ experiences. Method: We undertook a systematic review of mentorship interventions for youth and young adults with disabilities. We searched seven electronic databases for peer-reviewed articles published in English between 1980 and 2014. We included articles that examined mentorship interventions focused on PSE or employment outcomes among youth, aged thirty or younger, with physical, developmental, or cognitive disabilities. Results: Of the 5068 articles identified, 22 met the inclusion criteria. For seven mentorship interventions, at least one significant improvement was reported in school- or work related outcomes. Mentorship programs with significant outcomes were often structured, delivered in group-based or mixed formats, and longer in duration (46 months). Mentors acted as role models, offered advice, and provided mentees with social and emotional support. Conclusions: Evidence suggests that mentorship programs may be effective for helping youth with disabilities transition to PSE or employment. More rigorously designed studies are needed to document the impact of mentorship programs on school and vocational outcomes for youth with disabilities.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 09/2015; in press. DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.109217
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    ABSTRACT: This article considers the conceptualization and operationalization of "social environment" and "social context" with implications for research and practice with children and youth with impairments. We first discuss social environment and social context as constructs important for understanding interaction between external environmental qualities and the individual's experience. The article considers existing conceptualizations within psychological and sociological bodies of literature, research using these concepts, current developmental theories and issues in the understanding of environment and participation within rehabilitation science. We then describe a model that integrates a person-focused perspective with an environment-focused perspective and that outlines the mechanisms through which children/youth and social environment interact and transact. Finally, we consider the implications of the proposed model for research and clinical practice. This conceptual model directs researchers and practitioners toward interventions that will address the mechanisms of child-environment interaction and that will build capacity within both children and their social environments, including families, peers groups and communities. Health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play, and love [p.2]. Implications for Rehabilitation Understanding how social environment and personal factors interact over time to affect the development of children/youth can influence the design of services for children and youth with impairments. The model described integrates the individual-focused and environment-focused perspectives and outlines the mechanisms of the ongoing reciprocal interaction between children/youth and their social environments: provision of opportunities, resources and supports and contextual processes of choice, active engagement and collaboration. Addressing these mechanisms could contribute to creating healthier environments in which all children, including children with impairments, have experiences that lead to positive developmental benefits.
    Disability and Rehabilitation 09/2015; DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1076070
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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: 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: 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