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EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE

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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SIMFER), European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM), European Union of Medical Specialists - Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Section (UEMS-PRM), Mediterranean Forum of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (MFPRM), Hellenic Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (EEFIAP)
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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2017 Sep 04

DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.04858-4

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Publication trends of study protocols in rehabilitation

Tiago S. JESUS 1 , Heather L. COLQUHOUN 2, 3

1 Global Health and Tropical Medicine (GHTM) & WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Workforce Policy and Planning, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, NOVA University of Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal; 2 Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; 3 Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada


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BACKGROUND: Growing evidence points for the need to publish study protocols in the health field.
AIM: To observe whether the growing interest in publishing study protocols in the broader health field has been translated into increased publications of rehabilitation study protocols.
DESIGN: Observational study using publication data and its indexation in PubMed.
SETTING: Not applicable.
POPULATION: Not applicable.
METHODS: PubMed was searched with appropriate combinations of Medical Subject Headings up to December 2014. The effective presence of study protocols was manually screened. Regression models analyzed the yearly growth of publications. Two-sample Z-tests analyzed whether the proportion of Systematic Reviews (SRs) and Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) among study protocols differed from that of the same designs for the broader rehabilitation research.
RESULTS: Up to December 2014, 746 publications of rehabilitation study protocols were identified, with an exponential growth since 2005 (r2=0.981; p<0.001). RCT protocols were the most common among rehabilitation study protocols (83%), while RCTs were significantly more prevalent among study protocols than among the broader rehabilitation research (83% vs. 35.8%; p<0.001). For SRs, the picture was reversed: significantly less common among study protocols (2.8% vs. 9.3%; p<0.001). Funding was more often reported by rehabilitation study protocols than the broader rehabilitation research (90% vs. 53.1%; p<0.001). Rehabilitation journals published a significantly lower share of rehabilitation study protocols than they did for the broader rehabilitation research (1.8% vs.16.7%; p<0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: Identifying the reasons for these discrepancies and reverting unwarranted disparities (e.g. low rate of publication for rehabilitation SR protocols) are likely new avenues for rehabilitation research and its publication.
CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: SRs, particularly those aggregating RCT results, are considered the best standard of evidence to guide rehabilitation clinical practice; however, that standard can be improved in rigor and/or transparency if the publications of rehabilitation SRs protocols become more common.


KEY WORDS: Publications - Rehabilitation - Systematic reviews - Randomized controlled trials as topic

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Article first published online: September 4, 2017
Manuscript accepted: September 4, 2017
Manuscript revised: August 29, 2017
Manuscript received: June 8, 2017

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Jesus TS, L Colquhoun H. Publication trends of study protocols in rehabilitation. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med 2017 Sep 04. DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.04858-4

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