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

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    • On author's personal website, institutional website or funder's website, including PubMed Central
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    • Publisher's pdf can be used on institutional website, company website or funding agency website for a fee
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

  • Neurorehabilitation 01/2016;
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Within the field of neuropsychology, there is a significant lack of normative data for individuals in Latin America. Objective: To describe the methodology utilized to obtain the data and create norms for 10 Spanish-language neuropsychological tests administered in 11 Latin-American countries in a sample of 3,977 healthy individuals between the ages 18 and 90. Method: The same data manipulation process was applied to the data collected (regardless of the scale or country) using a regression-based procedure that takes into account sex, age, and educational influences on neuropsychological test scores. Conclusions: Following this procedure, we were able to generate age, education, and sex (if relevant) based norms for each test in each of the 11 countries studied. These norms are presented in the 10 articles that comprise this special issue.
    Neurorehabilitation 11/2015; DOI:10.3233/NRE-151277
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Interdisciplinary cognitive rehabilitation is emerging as the expected standard of care for individuals with mild to moderate degrees of cognitive impairment for a variety of etiologies. There is a growing body of evidence in cognitive rehabilitation literature supporting the involvement of multiple disciplines, with the use of cognitive support technologies (CSTs), in delivering cognitive therapy to individuals who require cognitive rehabilitative therapies. This article provides an overview of the guiding theories related to traditional approaches of cognitive rehabilitation and the positive impact of current theoretical models of an interdisciplinary approach in clinical service delivery of this rehabilitation. Objective: A theoretical model of the Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation Program (ICRP) will be described in detail along with the practical substrates of delivering specific interventions to individuals and caregivers who are living with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. The ultimate goal of this article is to provide a clinically useful resource for direct service providers. It will serve to further clinical knowledge and understanding of the evolution from traditional silo based treatment paradigms to the current implementation of multiple perspectives and disciplines in the pursuit of patient centered care. Methods: The article will discuss the theories that contributed to the development of the interdisciplinary team and the ICRP model, implemented with individuals with mild to moderate cognitive deficits, regardless of etiology. The development and implementation of specific assessment and intervention strategies in this cognitive rehabilitation program will also be discussed. Results: The assessment and intervention strategies utilized as part of ICRP are applicable to multiple clinical settings in which individuals with cognitive impairment are served. Conclusions: This article has specific implications for rehabilitation which include: (a) An Interdisciplinary Approach is an effective method for cognitive rehabilitation; and (b) Recent theories offer beneficial evaluation and intervention techniques for cognitive rehabilitation.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(3). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151275
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Project Career is an interprofessional five-year development project designed to improve the employment success of undergraduate college and university students with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The case study information was collected and synthesized by the project's Technology and Employment Coordinators (TECs) at each of the project's three university sites. The project's evaluation is occurring independently through JBS International, Inc. Objective: Five case studies are presented to provide an understanding of student participants' experiences within Project Career. Each case study includes background on the student, engagement with technology, vocational supports, and interactions with his/her respective TEC. Methods: A qualitative analysis from the student's case notes is provided within each case study, along with a discussion of the overall qualitative analysis. Results: Across all five students, the theme Positive Outcomes was mentioned most often in the case notes. Of all the different type of challenges, Cognitive Challenges were most often mentioned during meetings with the TECs, followed by Psychological Challenges, Physical Challenges, Other Challenges, and Academic Challenges, respectively. Conclusion: Project Career is providing academic enrichment and career enhancement that may substantially improve the unsatisfactory employment outcomes that presently await students with TBI following graduation.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3233/NRE-151274
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Assistive technology for cognition (ATC) can be an effective means of compensating for cognitive impairments following acquired brain injury (ABI). Systematic instruction is an evidence-based approach to training a variety of skills and strategies, including the use of ATC. Objective: This study experimentally evaluated systematic instruction applied to assistive technology for cognition (ATC) in a vocational setting. Methods: The study used a single-case, multiple-probe design across behaviors design. The participant was a 50-year old female with cognitive impairments following an acquired brain injury (ABI). As a part-time employee, she was systematically instructed on how to operate and routinely use selected applications (apps) on her iPod Touch to support three work-related skills: (a) recording/recalling the details of work assignments, (b) recording/recalling work-related meetings and conversations, and (c) recording/performing multi-step technology tasks. The experimental intervention was systematic instruction applied to ATC. The dependent measures were: (a) the use of ATC at work as measured by an ATC routine task analysis; and (b) recall of work-related tasks and information. Results: Treatment effects were replicated across the three work-related skills and were maintained up to one year following the completion of intensive training across behaviors with periodic review (booster sessions). Conclusions: Systematic instruction is a critical component to teaching the routine use of ATC to compensate for cognitive challenges following ABI.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; DOI:10.3233/NRE-151272
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Post-coma persons in a minimally conscious state (MCS) and with extensive motor impairment and lack of speech tend to be passive and isolated. Objective: This study aimed to (a) further assess a technology-aided approach for fostering MCS participants' responding and stimulation control and (b) carry out a social validation check about the approach. Methods: Eight MCS participants were exposed to the aforementioned approach according to an ABAB design. The technology included optic, pressure or touch microswitches to monitor eyelid, hand or finger responses and a computer system that allowed those responses to produce brief periods of positive stimulation during the B (intervention) phases of the study. Eighty-four university psychology students and 42 care and health professionals were involved in the social validation check. Results: The MCS participants showed clear increases in their response frequencies, thus producing increases in their levels of environmental stimulation input, during the B phases of the study. The students and care and health professionals involved in the social validation check rated the technology-aided approach more positively than a control condition in which stimulation was automatically presented to the participants. Conclusions: A technology-aided approach to foster responding and stimulation control in MCS persons may be effective and socially desirable.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(3). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151269
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Many individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are young and could have many years of productivity ahead of them. However, cognitive impairments may hinder individuals' ability to perform daily tasks. Assistive technology for cognition (ATC) can be effective in helping compensate for cognitive impairments. Objective: This study examined the current state of the research on using ATCs to support daily activities for individuals with cognitive disabilities that are due to TBI. Methods: A comprehensive systematic literature search was performed to identify peer-reviewed articles published between 2000 and 2015. To evaluate the nature of the research, qualitative data were extracted pertaining to recruitment, participant characteristics, intervention design, type of ATCs and their functions, matching individuals with ATCs, training for using the ATC, and outcomes. Results: Research examining the effectiveness of ATCs as everyday compensatory tools for cognitive impairments that are due to TBI is limited. The majority of studies were case studies or quasi-experimental studies with small sample sizes. Studies showed positive associations between use of ATCs and individuals' abilities to perform tasks regardless of age, TBI severity, and time since injury. Conclusions: Future research should assess the match between the individual and the technology, study the impact of training on using ATCs, and analyze the usability of ATCs.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(3). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151267
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) therefore represent chronic, not temporary disorders with varying degrees of expression throughout life. The beginning of imaging, anatomy and genetics studies have made it possible to investigate the brain organization of individuals suffering from SLD (Deheane, 2009). Objectives: The purpose of this paper is to describe a treatment method for reading and writing disorders through an intervention based on the integration of a sublexical method and a neuropsychological approach, with assistive technologies in the study of a single case. Methods: The protocol is based on the modularization theory (Karmiloff-Smith, 1990). The data presented in this paper with a A-B-A basic experimental drawing. Results: This study confirms the degree of effectiveness of the treatments based on the automated identification of syllables and words together with the integrated enhancement of neuropsychological aspects such as visual attention and phonological loop (Benso, 2008), although in the follow-up condition only some abilities maintain the progress achieved. Conclusions: As previously mentioned, the SLD represents a chronic disorder, consequently the treatment does not solve the root cause of the problem, but can grant a use of the process decidedly more instrumental to everyday life.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(3). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151270
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Following a neurologic event such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebrovascular accident (CVA), and chronic neurological conditions including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy a shift in the visual midline (egocenter) can directly affect posture, balance and spatial orientation. As a consequence, this increases the risk of fall (RoF) and injury that imposes a major financial burden on the public health system. Objective: To determine if there is a statistically significant change in balance with the intervention of yoked prisms to reduce the risk of fall in subjects with neurological impairments. Methods: Ambulation of thirty-six subjects was evaluated on a pressure sensitive mat before and after intervention with yoked prisms. Changes in gait and balance were analyzed in the anterior-posterior (AP) and medial-lateral (ML) axes during ambulation. Results: T-tests for each measure comparing the difference-of-differences to a zero change at baseline returned statistically significant reductions in both AP (p < 0.0001; 95% CI: 1.368-2.976) and ML (p = 0.0002; 95% CI: 1.472-4.173) imbalances using specifically directed yoked prisms to correct the visual midline deviation. Conclusion: These findings demonstrate that yoked prisms have the potential to provide a cost-effective means to restore the visual midline thereby improving balance, reduce RoF and subsequent injury.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(2). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151263
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Some patients develop dysphagia after OC arthrodesis with RA. A previous report has indicated that establishing appropriate occipito-C2 is important for avoiding these side effects. However, a more recent report has demonstrated that the O-C2 angle did not have a significant effect on the incidence of postoperative dysphagia. Objective: To investigate the swallowing function of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) before and after they underwent occipitocervical (OC) fusion. Methods: The study was performed in collaboration with the Departments of Orthopaedic, Otorhinolaryngology, and Rehabilitation. Seven consecutive patients (3 men and 4 women; mean age, 66.4 years) with RA-induced upper cervical deformity were enrolled from 2013 to 2014. The patients underwent deglutition analysis, which was performed by otorhinolaryngologists, before and after surgery, and comprised videofluoroscopy and fiberoptic endoscopy. We examined the relationship between imaging studies and swallowing function. Results: Preoperatively, subjective dysphagia was reported by 2 patients. Videofluoroscopy identified dysmotility of the epiglottis and incomplete closure of the laryngeal inlet in 2 patients, with contrast medium entering the larynx, and endoscopy identified food residue in the larynx of 1 patient during swallowing evaluation. Postoperatively, 2 patients with preoperative impaired deglutition showed dysphagia. Imaging examinations of the 2 patients revealed a 10º-reduction in the O-C2 angle of 1 patient, but the angle was unchanged in the other patient. Conclusions: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report to evaluate swallowing function before and after O-C3 arthrodesis. The preoperative O-C2 angle was unchanged after surgery. Impairment of deglutition may be closely associated with air leakage from the oropharynx due to impaired mobility of the soft palate. Because the precise mechanism of dysphagia has not been fully elucidated, further study using dynamic videofluoroscopy and videoendoscopy is needed to examine the swallowing mechanism.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(2). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151262
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Cognitive symptoms and other functional limitations associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a significant negative impact on employment status. Work accommodations positively impact the ability of a person with MS to obtain and retain employment, however, current understanding of the role of accommodations in the careers of adults with MS is limited. Objective: To analyze the percentage of American workers with MS who utilize workplace accommodations as per Title I of the ADA, the types of accommodations most frequently required, and differences in disease variables, job-related factors, and quality of life between workers using and not using work accommodations. Methods: Data from 746 employed adult members of the National MS Society surveyed about career concerns were analyzed. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used as appropriate to address the research questions. Results: Approximately 25% reported having requested accommodations, and 87.7% reported receiving the requested accommodation. Participants with progressive MS, cognitive impairment, higher number of MS symptoms and greater symptom severity were more likely to use work accommodations. Participants with accommodations reported poorer job match and career optimism than those using no accommodations. Conclusion: This large-scale analysis addresses several outstanding questions concerning work accommodations among workers with MS. Cognitive symptoms and disease severity are strongly associated with need for accommodations, however accommodations do not appear to promote job satisfaction or longevity. The accommodation request process and the impact of accommodations on employment retention remain important research foci.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(3). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151271
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    ABSTRACT: Background: This article describes the activities and interim outcomes of a multi-site development project called Project Career, designed to promote cognitive support technology (CST) use and employment success for college and university students with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Objectives: To obtain early intervention results from participants in Project Career's first 18 months of operation. Methods: Fifty-six students with TBI have participated to date across three implementation sites in Massachusetts, Ohio, and West Virginia, with 25 of these participants being military veterans. Descriptive analyses provide information regarding the participants, the barriers they face due to their TBI in obtaining a post-secondary education, and the impact services provided by Project Career have had to date in ameliorating those difficulties. Inferential statistical analyses provide preliminary results regarding program effectiveness. Results: Preliminary results indicate the program is encouraging students to use CST strategies in the form of iPads and cognitive enhancement applications (also known as 'apps'). Significant results indicate participants are more positive, independent, and social; participants have a more positive attitude toward technology after six months in the program; and participants reported significantly improved experiences with technology during their first six months in the program. Conclusion: Participating students are actively preparing for their careers after graduation through a wide range of intensive vocational supports provided by project staff members.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(3). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151273
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Patients with Parkinson's disease complain about restrictions in their daily life activities and impairment in their mobility and balance. Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of vestibular rehabilitation on functioning, quality of life, balance, and postural stability in patients with Parkinson's disease. Methods: The patients with Parkinson's disease divided into a rehabilitation group (Group 1, n: 29) and a control group(Group 2, n: 11). All patients were evaluated before and after eight weeks of customized vestibular rehabilitation for motor score (Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale); quality of life (Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire-39); balance (Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale [ABC], Timed Up and Go Test, Dynamic Gait Index [DGI], and Berg Balance Scale [BBS]); and postural stability (Modified Clinical Test for Sensory Interaction on Balance [mCTSIB]. Results: There were significant differences in the pre- and post-exercise ABC, BBS, and DGI scores in Group 1 (p < 0.05). A statistically significant impairment was observed in mCTSIB (firm and foam eyes closed [EC]) in the control group (p < 0.05). There were no significant intergroup differences in any of the parameters evaluated (p > 0.05). Conclusion: In this study, vestibular rehabilitation was found to be effective for improving balance in patients with Parkinson's disease.
    Neurorehabilitation 10/2015; 37(2). DOI:10.3233/NRE-151258