EJPRM systematic continuous update on Cochrane reviews in rehabilitation: news from December 2011 to February 2012

Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2012 Mar;48(1):57-70.


Aim: In order to present to our readers the best available evidence in the field of Rehabilitation, we continuously perform systematic reviews of the articles regularly published in the Cochrane Library, being these considered the most reliable instruments of synthesis, reliable because based on a strict methodology. Moreover, according to the aim of the Cochrane Collaboration, in order to diffuse sound data, we invited Cochrane authors to republish their articles in the EJPRM. The aim of the present paper is to systematically review all the new rehabilitation papers published from December 2011 up to February 2012 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 from the 5th of December 2011 to the 27th of February 2012 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 5, 4 new reviews and 2 updates reviews. A synthesis of abstracts is presented.

Conclusion: The field of rehabilitation, being cross-sectional to the whole Medicine, can be of interest for many specialty. This was documented by the large number of Cochrane Group publishing reviews of Rehabilitative interest. Reviewing periodically the Cochrane reviews is a good way to remain up to date and to find solid bases for everyday clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Nervous System Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Periodicals as Topic / trends*
  • Rehabilitation / trends*
  • Retrospective Studies