Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ARCH PHYS MED REHAB)

Publisher: American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, WB Saunders

Journal description

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has distinguished itself through its coverage of the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and of the more interdisciplinary field of rehabilitation. The journal publishes original articles that report on important trends and developments in these fields. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation brings readers authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for persons with disabilities and chronically ill individuals.

Current impact factor: 2.57

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 2.565
2013 Impact Factor 2.441
2012 Impact Factor 2.358
2011 Impact Factor 2.282
2010 Impact Factor 2.254
2009 Impact Factor 2.184
2008 Impact Factor 2.159
2007 Impact Factor 1.814
2006 Impact Factor 1.826
2005 Impact Factor 1.734
2004 Impact Factor 1.656
2003 Impact Factor 1.35
2002 Impact Factor 1.327
2001 Impact Factor 1.371
2000 Impact Factor 1.409
1999 Impact Factor 1.134
1998 Impact Factor 1.078
1997 Impact Factor 1.078
1996 Impact Factor 1.315
1995 Impact Factor 1.084
1994 Impact Factor 1.041
1993 Impact Factor 0.738
1992 Impact Factor 0.718

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.97
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.62
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 0.94
Website Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation website
Other titles Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
ISSN 0003-9993
OCLC 1513891
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

WB Saunders

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/07/2015
    • 'WB Saunders' is an imprint of 'Elsevier'
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To evaluate a newly developed biofeedback device enabling lower-limb amputees to identify various floor conditions. Design: An experiment with self-control and group-control: self-control with repeated measures (with and without the biofeedback device) within amputee group; comparison between amputee and non-amputee groups. Setting: University locomotion laboratory. Participants: Five lower-limb amputees and eight non-amputees. Interventions: A wearable biofeedback device, which identified different floor conditions by analyzing the force patterns under the prosthetic feet and provided vibration cues in response to different floor conditions, was provided to the amputees. Main outcome measure(s): The subjects stepped on a foam platform concealing a small object or no object, at one of the four locations of the foot sole. Subjects were asked whether there was a small object under their feet and the location of the object if it existed. The test was repeated with 4 different object types and 4 object locations. The successful rate of floor identification was evaluated. Results: Without the biofeedback device, non-amputee subjects (76.56%) identified floor conditions better than amputees (22.50%) significantly (p<0.001). Upon using the biofeedback device, the amputees significantly improved (p<0.01) their successful rate showing no significant difference (p=0.746) compared to the non-amputees. No significant differences were found among object types (p=0.689). Conclusions: Amputees performed significantly worse than non-amputees in recognizing the different floor conditions used in this experiment. With the biofeedback device, amputees significantly improved their abilities in identifying different floor conditions. Future attempts could configure the device to allow it to provide warning signals in response to fall-inducing conditions.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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    ABSTRACT: Objective(s): To examine the trends in functional outcomes, length of stay (LOS), and discharge disposition in patients with stroke discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation facility in Saudi Arabia. Design: Retrospective cohort study from 2008 to 2014. Setting: Tertiary inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Participants: All patients (n Z 432) admitted to the hospital with stroke diagnoses from November 2008 to December 2014. Interventions: N/A. Main Outcome Measure(s): Primary outcome measures were: change in total Functional Independence Measure (FIM) score, motor and cognitive FIM subscores, FIM efficiency, LOS, and discharge disposition (to-home versus not to-home). Results: Patients’ mean age was 57.5 (SDZ 16) years and the sample was 57% male. There were significant changes between years in the total FIM and FIM motor subscore ranging from 23 to 31 (changes in the total FIM) and from 20 to 28 (changes in the FIM motor subscore) respectively. Mean LOS remained constant from 45 days in 2013 to 55 days in 2008-2009 (PZ 0.085). FIM efficiency was stable between years ranging from 0.46 to 0.75 (PZ 0.14). Rates of discharge to home were unstable ranging from 92% in 2011 to 100% in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Conclusions: Our results suggest unsteady trends in the functional outcomes and discharge setting after inpatient stroke rehabilitation. Improving FIM efficiency, decreasing the length of stay, and emphasizing comprehensive interdisciplinary programs could help stabilize outcomes. Larger scale studies on a national level are needed to confirm the findings and improved stroke rehabilitation services in Saudi Arabia. Key Words: Stroke, Function, Inpatient rehabilitation facility
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with cGVHD gain significant improvements in physical function from acute inpatient rehabilitation. Though burn patients have similar comorbidities (weakness, contractures, infection risk), the burn cohort performed significantly better despite similar admission FIM scores and LOS. More studies are needed to analyze outcomes of patients with cGVHD, and what factors may affect performance.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Objective To determine the degree to which a high-frequency, low-magnitude vibration (HLV) signal emitted by a floor-based platform transmits to the distal tibia and distal femur of children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) during standing. Design Cross-sectional study Setting University research laboratory Participants 4 to 12 year-old children with spastic CP who could stand independently (n=18) and typically developing children (n=10) participated in the study. Intervention Not applicable Main outcome measures The vibration signal at the HLV platform (∼33 Hz and 0.3 g), distal tibia and distal femur was measured using accelerometers. Degree of plantar flexor spasticity was assessed using the Modified Ashworth Scale. Results The HLV signal was greater (p<0.001) at the distal tibia than at the platform in children with CP (0.36±0.06 vs. 0.29±0.05 g) and controls (0.40 ± 0.09 vs. 0.24 ± 0.07 g). Although the HLV signal was also higher at the distal femur (0.35±0.09 g, p<0.001) than at the platform in controls, it was lower in children with CP (0.20±0.07 g, p<0.001). The degree of spasticity was negatively related to the HLV signal transmitted to the distal tibia (rs=-0.547) and distal femur (rs=-0.566) in children with CP (both p<0.05). Conclusions An HLV signal from a floor-based platform was amplified at the distal tibia, attenuated at the distal femur and inversely related to the degree of muscle spasticity in children with spastic CP. Whether this transmission pattern affects the adaptation of their bones to HLV requires further investigation.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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    ABSTRACT: To provide evidence for the existence of six myofascial meridians proposed by Myers (1997) based on anatomical dissection studies. Relevant articles published between 1900 and December 2014 were searched in MEDLINE (Pubmed), ScienceDirect and Google Scholar. Peer-reviewed human anatomical dissection studies reporting morphological continuity between the muscular constituents of the examined meridians were included. If no study demonstrating a structural connection between two muscles was found, papers on general anatomy of the corresponding body region were targeted. A continuity between two muscles was only documented if two independent investigators agreed that it was reported clearly. Also, two independent investigators rated methodological quality of included studies by means of a validated assessment tool (QUACS). The literature search identified 6589 articles. Of these, 62 papers met the inclusion criteria. The studies reviewed suggest strong evidence for the existence of three myofascial meridians: the superficial back line (all three transitions verified, based on 14 studies), the back functional line (all three transitions verified, 8 studies) and the front functional line (both transitions verified, 6 studies). Moderate to strong evidence is available for parts of the spiral line (five of nine verified transitions, 21 studies) and the lateral line (two of five verified transitions, 10 studies). No evidence exists for the superficial front line (no verified transition, 7 studies). The present systematic review suggests that most skeletal muscles of the human body are directly linked by connective tissue. Examining the functional relevance of these myofascial chains is the most urgent task of future research. Strain transmission along meridians would both open a new frontier for the understanding of referred pain and provide a rationale for the development of more holistic treatment approaches. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • No preview · Article · May 2015 · Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation