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August 2021 - Volume 100 - Issue 8

  • Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD
  • 0894-9115
  • 1537-7385
  • 12 issues / year
  • Sports Sciences 59/88, Rehabilitation 40/68
  • 2.159

August 2021

Dear AJPM&R Readers,

In 1990, the Institute of Medicine (now US National Academy of Medicine), defined clinical practice guidelines as systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. These guidelines must be supported by evidence and, when appropriately implemented, could have a significant impact on daily practice of PM&R and rehabilitation strategies in general. In this issue of the AJPM&R Dijkers and collaborators used a standardized quality assessment tool to evaluate rehabilitation guidelines. This approach should help us distinguish guidelines that could enhance the quality of care as well as those that require additional discussion and work. Although not all clinical care can be "standardized", it seems reasonable to develop recommendations that should be followed based on the strength of the scientific evidence.

I hope you will enjoy reading this month's issue of the AJPM&R!

Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, FRCP

Current Issue Highlights

Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 and Neurological Complications Experience More Frequent Decline in Functioning and Greater Rehabilitation Needs

Claflin, Edward S.; Daunter, Alecia K.; Bowman, Angeline; More

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 100(8):725-729, August 2021.

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