EJPRM systematic continuous update on Cochrane reviews in rehabilitation: news from September 2010 to January 2011

Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2011 Mar;47(1):57-68.


Aim: Since 2007 we focused our attention as EJPRM to the best available clinical evidence as offered by the Cochrane Collaboration. Due to the absence of a specific Rehabilitation Group (only a Field exists), reviews of PRM interest are in different groups and not easy to find. Consequently, the EJPRM offer the service of listing and presenting all these reviews systematically. The aim of the present paper was to systematically review all the new rehabilitation papers published during 2010 fourth quarter up to the beginning of 2011 from the Cochrane Library in order to provide to physicians involved in the field a summary of the best evidence nowadays available.

Methods: The authors systematically searched all the new papers of rehabilitative interest in the 1st of September 2010 to the 1st of February 2011 in the Cochrane Library. The retrieved papers have been then divided in subgroups on the base of the topic and the Cochrane Groups.

Results: The number of included papers was 3, all of these were new reviews. One new reviews deals with neurological rehabilitation , one with musculoskeletal disorders and one with orthoses. No updated reviews were retrieved.

Conclusion: The Cochrane Collaboration and his product, the Cochrane Library, are really relevant instruments to improve EBM in medical practice and thus also in the Rehabilitation Field. The present paper can help Rehabilitation Specialists to easily retrieve the conclusions of the most relevant and updated reviews in order to change their clinical practice in a more rapid and effective way.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Nervous System Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Rehabilitation* / methods
  • Rehabilitation* / standards
  • Rehabilitation* / trends
  • Review Literature as Topic