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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2017 October;53(5):814-7

DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.04958-9

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Cochrane Rehabilitation Methodology Committee: an international survey of priorities for future work

William M. LEVACK 1 , Thorsten MEYER 2, Stefano NEGRINI 3, 4, Antti MALMIVAARA 5, 6

1 Unit of Rehabilitation Teaching & Research, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand; 2 Institute for Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany; 3 Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy; 4 IRCCS Fondazione Don Gnocchi, Milan, Italy; 5 National Institute for Health & Welfare, Helsinki, Finland; 6 Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, Current Care Guidelines, Helsinki, Finland


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Cochrane Rehabilitation aims to improve the application of evidence-based practice in rehabilitation. It also aims to support Cochrane in the production of reliable, clinically meaningful syntheses of evidence related to the practice of rehabilitation, while accommodating the many methodological challenges facing the field. To this end, Cochrane Rehabilitation established a Methodology Committee to examine, explore and find solutions for the methodological challenges related to evidence synthesis and knowledge translation in rehabilitation. We conducted an international online survey via Cochrane Rehabilitation networks to canvass opinions regarding the future work priorities for this committee and to seek information on people’s current capabilities to assist with this work. The survey findings indicated strongest interest in work on how reviewers have interpreted and applied Cochrane methods in reviews on rehabilitation topics in the past, and on gathering a collection of existing publications on review methods for undertaking systematic reviews relevant to rehabilitation. Many people are already interested in contributing to the work of the Methodology Committee and there is a large amount of expertise for this work in the extended Cochrane Rehabilitation network already.


KEY WORDS: Rehabilitation - Evidence-based practice - Research - Surveys and questionnaires

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