Neurorehabilitation Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: IOS Press

Journal description

NeuroRehabilitation is an international journal which emphasizes publication of scientifically based, practical information relevant to all aspects of neurologic rehabilitation. Manuscripts cover the full life span and range of neurological disabilities including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular disease, and other neurological disorders. Information is intended for an interdisciplinary audience. Issues of the journal are thematically organized. Themes have focused on specific clinical disorders, types of therapy, and age groups. Proposals for thematic issues and suggestions for issue editors are welcomed. NeuroRehabilitation also publishes research reports and book reviews. Letters to the editor, commentaries, and editorials are also welcomed. The format of published manuscripts is flexible with the goal of providing timely, practical, and relevant information. Readers are encouraged to submit original research which includes experimental vestigations or case reports. Reviews of rehabilitation literature will be published as well. Manuscripts are given blind, peer review, and authors are provided with timely, constructive feedback. Publication decisions will be made based on relevance to practice, quality of methodology, and synthesis of findings with existing literature.

Current impact factor: 1.12

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.124
2013 Impact Factor 1.736
2012 Impact Factor 1.417
2011 Impact Factor 1.635
2009 Impact Factor 1.953

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.57
Cited half-life 5.70
Immediacy index 0.12
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.47
Website NeuroRehabilitation website
Other titles NeuroRehabilitation (Online), Neuro rehabilitation
ISSN 1878-6448
OCLC 46607193
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

IOS Press

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author can archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • On author's personal website, institutional website or funder's website, including PubMed Central
    • Non-commercial use only
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • Author's version can be used
    • Publisher's pdf can be used on institutional website, company website or funding agency website for a fee
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Neurorehabilitation 01/2016;
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Sleep disorders and nocturnal hypoxia are common in patients with cerebrovascular disease. Sleep-disordered breathing is associated with a poor functional outcome in stroke patients. Objective: We investigated the relationship between nocturnal hypoxia and functional outcome in the rehabilitation phase of stroke patients. Methods: Thirty patients with stroke and 20 controls were included. Functional status was evaluated with the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). Pulse oximetry was performed overnight from 21.00 h to 07.00 h. Baseline awake oxygen saturation, nocturnal oxygen saturation, the lowest nocturnal oxygen saturation, and the >4% Oxygen Desaturation Index (ODI) were calculated. Results: The mean oxygen saturation measurements were not significantly different among the groups (p > 0.05). There was no significant relationship between the FIM scores and the oxygen saturation measurements of the stroke patients (p > 0.05). The baseline oxygen saturation in patients with disease duration of 3 months or less was 94.67, and it was 96.56 (p = 0.016) in those with disease duration of more than 3 months. Conclusion: This study showed that nocturnal oxygen saturation was not associated with functional outcome in therehabilitation phase of stroke patients.
    Neurorehabilitation 09/2015; 36(3):339-343. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151222
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To explore the experiences, attitudes, and needs related to service delivery regarding sexuality issues in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Methods: Community-dwelling individuals with TBI having completed a post-acute TBI rehabilitation program. The TBI sample consisted of 16 men (42.1%) and 22 women (57.9%), with an average age of 38.9 years (SD = 9.9) and 12.8 years of education (SD = 2.8). They were on average 2.6 years post-injury (SD = 1.4). Glasgow coma scale at admission was on average 12.6 (SD = 3.5). Participants completed a questionnaire adapted to individuals with TBI addressing experiences, attitudes, and needs regarding sexuality and service delivery. Results: Individuals with TBI reported a low frequency of specific discussions with their treating clinician(s) about sexual and reproductive health issues, as well as many unmet needs regarding sexuality. None of the participants considered discussion about these issues to be inappropriate. They reported more favourable attitudes towards discussing sexual health topics compared to actual service delivery with family physicians, general practitioners, psychologists, and other health care professionals (p's < 0.05). Conclusions: Individuals with TBI desired more openness about discussing sexual concerns. Findings are discussed in terms of the clinical implications to meet the individuals' needs regarding sexual concerns after TBI.
    Neurorehabilitation 08/2015; 37(1):99-116. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151243
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) is a neurodegenerative disease that results in progressive muscle weakness and wasting. There is no known cure and the disease is uniformly fatal. Purpose: This review discusses current concepts in ALS care, from breaking the diagnosis to end-of-life care. People with ALS have several multidisciplinary needs due to a complex and dynamic disease process. They benefit from rehabilitation interventions that are individualized and have the goal of optimizing independence, function, and safety. These strategies also help minimize symptomatic burden and maximize quality of life. Conclusion: Patient-centered, multidisciplinary care has a significant impact on the life of people with ALS and is thecurrent standard of care for this patient population.
    Neurorehabilitation 08/2015; 37(1):53-68. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151240
  • Neurorehabilitation 08/2015; 37(1):1-2. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151235
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Veterans with polytrauma have suffered injuries to multiple body parts and organs systems, including the brain. The injuries can generate a triad of physical, neurologic/cognitive, and emotional symptoms. Accurate diagnosis is essential for the treatment of these conditions and for fair allocation of benefits. To accurately diagnose polytrauma disorders and their related problems, clinicians take into account the validity of reported history and symptoms, as well as clinical presentations. Objectives: The purpose of this article is to describe the assessment of validity with polytrauma Veteran populations. Methods: Review of scholarly and other relevant literature and clinical experience are utilized. Results: A multimethod approach to validity assessment that includes objective, standardized measures increases the confidence that can be placed in the accuracy of self-reported symptoms and physical, cognitive, and emotional test results. Conclusions: Due to the multivariate nature of polytrauma and the multiple disciplines that play a role in diagnosis and treatment, an ideal model of validity assessment with polytrauma Veteran populations utilizes neurocognitive, neurological, neuropsychiatric, and behavioral measures of validity. An overview of these validity assessment approaches as applied to polytrauma Veteran populations is presented. Veterans, the VA, and society are best served when accurate diagnoses are made.
    Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(4):451-462. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151233
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    ABSTRACT: Background: In clinical neuropsychological practice, assessment of response validity (e.g., effort, over-reporting, under-reporting) is an essential component of the assessment process. By contrast, other health care professionals, including those in neurorehabilitation settings, often omit assessment of this topic from their evaluations or only rely on subjective impressions. Objective: To provide the first comprehensive review of response validity assessment in the neurorehabilitation literature, including why the topic is often avoided, what methods are commonly used, and how to decrease false positives. Methods: A literature review and documentation of personal experience and perspectives was used to review this topic. Results: There is a well-established literature on the necessity and utility of assessing response validity, particularly in patients who have external incentives to embellish their presentation or to under-report symptoms. There are many reasons why non-neuropsychologists typically avoid assessment of this topic. This poses a significant problem, particularly when patients exaggerate or malinger, because it can lead to misdiagnosis and it risks increasing the cost of healthcare by performing unnecessary tests and treatments, unfair distribution of disability/compensation resources, and a reduced access to these and other health resources by patients who genuinely need them. Conclusions: There is a significant need for non-neuropsychologists to develop and incorporate symptom and performance validity assessments in clinical evaluations, including those in neurorehabilitation settings.
    Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(4):387-400. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151228
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Youth have been assumed historically to be less capable of deception than adults, even though acts of deception in childhood are not uncommon. Relatively little attention has focused on how frequently they feign or exaggerate during healthcare evaluations. Purpose: The current article reviews the literature relevant to using validity tests in children and adolescents, as well as provides a case example of a young adolescent providing noncredible effort and exaggerated symptomatology during neuropsychological evaluation after a mild traumatic brain injury. Conclusion: Numerous case reports and case series have documented clearly that medical and neuropsychological noncredible presentations occur in children, likely more often than many practitioners believe. Thus far, research has found that the base rates of pediatric noncredible presentations are highest in children seen frequently by rehabilitation providers (i.e., children with persistent problems after mild traumatic brain injury and children from families seeking disability benefits on their behalf). Subjective clinical judgment is apt to be ineffective in consistently detecting noncredible presentations. Fortunately, recent research supports the use of several stand-alone validity tests in identifying noncredible pediatric data including the Test of Memory Malingering, Word Memory Test, and Medical Symptom Validity Test. If feigning and exaggeration are not considered in work-ups by rehabilitation practitioners, mismanagement and iatrogenic harm to the child can result.
    Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(4):439-450. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151232
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    ABSTRACT: Background: In the evaluation of neurorehabilitation patients involved in compensation or litigation, it is often assumed that poor performance or exaggerated symptoms reflects an intentional attempt to game the system. Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review multiple issues that can contribute to invalid symptom reporting and performance. Conclusions: Multiple factors relevant to normal behavior, including observations from social psychology and behavioral economics, are important in the context of invalid symptom reporting and performance. These factors, which include pre-injury traits and beliefs (e.g., beliefs about prognosis and symptoms after TBI), factors at the time of initial treatment (e.g., expectations of recovery, nocebo effects, stereotype threat), and thoughts and feelings during evaluations (e.g., anger, resentment, injustice), may be important explanations. To best serve our patients, further research is needed to illuminate these relative effects on performance compared to "not trying."
    Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(4):463-469. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151234
  • Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(4):415-426. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151230
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The assessment of any patient or examinee with neurological impairment, whether acquired or congenital, provides a key set of data points in the context of developing accurate diagnostic impressions and implementing an appropriate neurorehabilitation program. As part of that assessment, the neurological physical exam is an extremely important component of the overall neurological assessment. Purpose: In the aforementioned context, clinicians often are confounded by unusual, atypical or unexplainable physical exam findings that bring into question the organicity, veracity, and/or underlying cause of the observed clinical presentation. The purpose of this review is to provide readers with general directions and specific caveats regarding validity assessment in the context of the neurological physical exam. Conclusions: It is of utmost importance for health care practitioners to be aware of assessment methodologies that may assist in determining the validity of the neurological physical exam and differentiating organic from non-organic/functional impairments. Maybe more importantly, the limitations of many commonly used strategies for assessment of non-organicity should be recognized and consider prior to labeling observed physical findings on neurological exam as non-organic or functional.
    Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(4):401-413. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151229
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    ABSTRACT: Rehabilitation professionals provide valuable clinical services to persons who have sustained neurologic injuries and illnesses. Accurate diagnosis and treatment planning require that neurorehabilitation professionals base their decisions on true information and genuine patient performance. That is, the patient must have responded honestly to questions and put forth adequate effort on ability measures. When in possession of valid information about the patient's history, symptoms, and abilities levels, clinicians are well positioned to serve the patient. In contrast, inaccurate information and invalid functional presentations lead to misdiagnosis, unhelpful or potentially harmful interventions, and wasted resources. Ethically, consistent with the principles of beneficence and justice, clinicians have a responsibility to use the assessment measures and procedures that are needed to answer clinical questions and provide appropriate services, using and conserving valuable resources in the process. With validity assessment measures and procedures comprising an important part of clinical evaluations, a formal, structured approach to validity assessment promotes ethical practice. Interdisciplinary collaboration in validity assessment in neurorehabilitation contexts can often be more thorough and efficient than evaluations performed by a single discipline.
    Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(4):383-386. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151227
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Forensic neuropsychiatric assessment requires thorough consideration of malingering and response bias. Neuropsychiatric evaluations are complicated due to the multiple domains in which symptoms and impairment present. Moreover, symptom exaggeration in these evaluations can also present along various symptom domains (e.g., psychological, neurocognitive, somatic). Consequently, steps must be taken to ensure adequate coverage of response bias across all three domains of function. Purpose: The following article reviews the conceptualization of malingering in neuropsychiatric settings, as well as various approaches and measures that can be helpful in the assessment of malingering and response bias. Conclusions: Forensic neuropsychiatric assessment requires thorough consideration of malingering and response bias. These evaluations are complicated due to the multiple domains in which symptoms and impairment present. Performance and symptom validity measures should be routinely included in these evaluations. Collaboration between psychiatry and psychology can provide the optimal multi-method approach needed for thorough neuropsychiatric assessment in forensic cases. We illustrate our points with two case studies from forensic traumatic brain injury neuropsychiatric evaluations.
    Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(4):427-438. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151231
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Attention deficits are common after acquired brain injury (ABI) and adversely impact academic, vocational and social outcomes. The role of cognitive interventions in post-ABI attention rehabilitation remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate effectiveness of cognitive interventions in treating attention deficits following ABI and to explore differences in treatment effect between ABI etiologies. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO and CENTRAL databases were searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Studies were selected by three reviewers. Study quality was assessed using Cochrane Collaboration tool for RCTs. Effect sizes (Hedge’s g) for each attentional domain were meta-analyzed with subgroup analysis by ABI etiology. RESULTS: Twelve RCTs with 584 participants were included, representing individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and CNS-impacting malignancy. Cognitive rehabilitation improved divided attention in stroke survivors (g 0.67; 95% confidence interval, 0.35–0.98; p < 0.0001) but not other ABI populations. Sustained, selective and alternating attention, and inhibition were not significantly improved in any ABI population. Follow-up data showed no evidence of long-term benefit. CONCLUSION: Cognitive rehabilitation resulted in short-term improvements in divided attention following stroke, but not after TBI or CNS-impacting malignancy. Cognitive interventions did not significantly improve other attentional domains in participants with stroke, TBI or CNS-impacting malignancy.
    Neurorehabilitation 07/2015; 36(3):367-377. DOI:10.3233/NRE-151225
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    ABSTRACT: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system and can cause difficulties in a number of areas of a person's life, including their ability to function in the community. Employment, finances, and transport are important elements to ensure continued functioning in the community and ongoing rehabilitation. This study examined satisfaction with the extent to which the above needs were addressed by service providers. It examined the role of gender, age, and symptom severity. A total of 2721 people with MS aged 19 and 92 years (M = 52.10, SD = 11.80) completed the study. Areas of need included information about eligibility for services from government and local councils, for financial assistance and understanding welfare and benefits. The results indicated that younger and mildly affected participants were least satisfied. Other areas of unmet need included transportation for the people more severely affected by MS and financial assistance to help people purchase mobility aids.
    Neurorehabilitation 04/2015; DOI:10.3233/NRE-151204
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    ABSTRACT: Despite the body of research on caregivers of individuals with various types of disabilities, SCI caregivers have received comparably less attention, especially in regions like Latin America. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between HRQOL and mental health in SCI caregivers from Colombia. A cross sectional study assessed SCI caregivers (n = 40) in Neiva, Colombia. Participants completed a measure of their HRQOL (SF-36 Health Questionnaire) and four measures of mental health (Satisfaction With Life Scale, Zarit Burden Interview, Patient Health Questionnaire-9, and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory). A canonical correlation between variables revealed that 64% of the variance was shared between mental health and HRQOL. The domains that loaded highest within the canonical correlation were social functioning, general health, and anxiety, indicating that SCI caregivers with higher anxiety experienced lower social functioning and lower general health. Furthermore, 15 of the 24 bivariate correlations between mental health and HRQOL were statistically significant, suggesting a strong connection between these two sets of variables. Rehabilitation professionals in Latin America should consider the development of caregiver interventions focusing on both physical and mental health, as the two constructs are closely connected through social functioning, general health, and anxiety.
    Neurorehabilitation 04/2015; 36(2). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151210
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    ABSTRACT: Internal strategies are effective for improving working memory. These internal working memory strategies can be taught or self-generated. This study compares working memory performance using taught versus self-generated internal working memory strategies and explores the quantity, type and carry-over of the use of these strategies. An experimental cohort design with randomly assigned groups compared the performances among 120 participants on 5 memory tests given prior, immediately following and at 1 month post intervention. There were no significant differences in the number or type of internal memory strategies used by the groups with chunking, repetition and association used most commonly. The group that self-generated strategies performed significantly better on a contextual memory test and the group that was taught strategies performed better on a face/name recall test for which a specific strategy was taught. The group that was taught strategies performed significantly worse on contextual memory tests from pre-test to follow-up. Participants who generated their own strategies or used a specific strategy for a specific task did as well as participants who were taught myriad internal WM strategies. Teaching too many strategies may overwhelm participants or may distract them from using the context that is available in such tasks.
    Neurorehabilitation 04/2015; 36(2). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151206