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EVIDENCE AND PRACTICE COMMITTEE
Overview
The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) advocates that rehabilitation programs and individual practitioners base their clinical activities on the best research evidence available. ACRM and its members often have a role in the creation, evaluation and dissemination of evidence. We strive to apply the highest standards of rigor to the evaluation of research evidence and its application in rehabilitation clinical practice. ACRM established the Evidence and Practice Committee (EPC) to provide advice on all issues relevant to the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence and the practice guidelines based upon it.

The EPC has primary responsibility for:

  • Evaluating the quality of evidence reviews and evidence-based practice (EBP) recommendations that are disseminated as ACRM practice guidelines, systematic reviews, educational reports, case definitions, or position statements.
  • Facilitating the development of such materials in the ACRM environment.
  • Evaluating all guidelines developed by other organizations proposed for ACRM endorsement.
  • Providing recommendations to the ACRM Board of Governors regarding approval. Final endorsement of all practice guidelines, systematic reviews, educational reports, case definitions, or position statements requires ACRM Board approval.

As a component of an interdisciplinary organization, the EPC has reviewed the validity of nationally and internationally respected approaches to evidence synthesis. The EPC has selected the methodology developed by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) as the preferred way of developing guidelines for rehabilitation professionals. While the AAN method is the preferred basis, reviews and guidelines developed using other recognized evidence-based methods such as those of the Cochrane Collaboration, the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) collaboration, Grades of Recommendation, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE), the Institute of Medicine, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are considered acceptable when seeking ACRM endorsement. The EPC also develops materials and standards to improve the synthesis of research information and its application to rehabilitation in practice.

ACRM-CARF-Paradigm Collaboration

Exciting Opportunity for Guideline Developers
ACRM, CARF International and Paradigm are promoting an evidence-based practice initiative to co-fund, develop, translate, brand, and disseminate high-quality, clinical practice guidelines. This initiative falls under the administration of the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee (EPC). The ACRM EPC is comprised of the Science Subcommittee and the Policy and Dissemination Subcommittee. CARF International and Paradigm have input and are active in the Policy and Dissemination Subcommittee.

All ACRM Special Interest and Networking groups are eligible to participate in this initiative. We provide technical support and can potentially fund systematic reviews and clinical practice  guideline development. If you have evidence-based projects under way, this initiative may be able to facilitate and move along your project in a more expedient way.

As collaborators in this initiative, the following benefits are available:

  • ACRM EPC would facilitate guideline development and dissemination using both internal and contract resources; facilitate a streamlined and defined guideline development process
  • CARF International would disseminate practice guidelines to both accredited organizations and those interested in accreditation and also if possible translate the guidelines into standards as appropriate and track the conformance to those standards over time.
  • Paradigm would disseminate and train providers on guidelines, track adoption and evaluate outcomes against their historical data.

ACRM-CARF International and Paradigm are excited about this initiative to leverage our resources and expertise to connect with you on the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based practice products. If you have an idea, please submit it here.

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General Collaborations

Cochrane Collaboration
Cochrane Library contains all the SRs completed by the numerous Cochrane groups.

Campbell Collaboration*
The Campbell Library contains SRs of interventions in the areas of education, social welfare, and crime and justice.

Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR)

American Academy of Neurology

Policy and Dissemination

The ACRM EPC Policy and Dissemination (P&D) Subcommittee is to maximize the dissemination and policy impact of ACRM evidence-based products including but not limited to practice guidelines, systematic reviews, and position statements.  The P&D has three primary functions. First, the P&D identifies and recommends high impact rehabilitation topics, and evaluates and prioritizes topics submitted by ACRM members for practice guideline (PG) development. Second, P&D evaluates the usability of PG products prior to the project beginning and before publication to assure it will serve a broad set of stakeholders. The P&D does not change PG recommendations but rather ensures that the evidence-based recommendations are described in a way that stakeholders will be able to implement it in everyday practice. Lastly, the P&D provides input on approved evidence-based recommendation dissemination plans to assure they appropriately target relevant stakeholders in the care continuum and maximizes potential adoption and policy changes.  Examples of dissemination products include but are not limited to stories in eNews, ACRM eblasts, social media, podcasts, as well as the development of more advanced products and plans such as translational documents, webinars, policy statements, and dissemination to networks outside of ACRM.

Evidence and Practice Committee Policy and Dissemination Biographies

Ronald Seel imageRonald T. Seel, PhD, FACRM, is Professor and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE) in the Department of PM&R, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. CERSE’s mission is to connect researchers and accelerate rehabilitation breakthroughs that empower people to overcome barriers and thrive. Dr. Seel facilitates interdisciplinary research across VCU Schools, McGuire VAMC, Sheltering Arms Institute, Commonwealth of Virginia Agencies, industries, and national academic, private sector, and not-for-profit partners. In 2019, CERSE faculty and affiliated researchers had 77 grants and $116M in total awards. Dr. Seel chairs the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee and leads the ACRM-CARF International-Paradigm Initiative, a funded academic-accreditor-industry partnership to generate clinical practice guidelines. Ron earned a BA in Government at the College of William and Mary and a PhD in Counseling Psychology at VCU. He previously served as Associate Director of Research for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and Executive Director of the Southeastern Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center at the McGuire VAMC in Richmond, VA. Prior to re-joining VCU, he was the O. Wayne Rollins Director of Brain Injury Research at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA.

Christine MacdonnellChristine M. MacDonell, FACRM, Managing Director, Medical Rehabilitation and International Medical Rehabilitation and Aging Services. Chris began her varied career in the health care industry as an occupational therapist after graduating from the University of Southern California. While still in California, she became an administrator of a full continuum of care. Chris came to CARF in 1991. She has served as the Managing Director of Medical Rehabilitation and Aging Services during her time with CARF. Chris is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Chris is the 2019 recipient of the American Medical Rehabilitation Provider Association’s National Leadership Award and the 2019 Stanley Coulter Lecturer at ACRM. Chris has represented CARF International at international, national, regional, and local meetings to promote and interpret standards and the use of accreditation as a quality business and clinical strategy throughout the continuum of care. She is part of the medical rehabilitation team responsible for the training of CARF surveyors and also the development and revision of CARF standards.

Dr. Michael Choo imageMichael Choo is a physician executive responsible for Paradigm’s relationships with its network of consulting physicians and centers of excellence. He is responsible for enhancing clinical operations and leading outcomes research and development. Dr. Choo is an emergency medicine instructor at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and a former CEO for Regional Care Hospital Partners.

 

Joann Starks ImageJoann Starks is a senior technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR) where she works with the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER, since 2010) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR, since 2012). In 2017 she became co-chair of the Disability Coordinating Group of the international Campbell Collaboration. Her expertise in issues and supports for individuals with disabilities, particularly equity and multicultural issues, includes employment, independent living, special education services, and communities of practice. Starks’ qualifications include knowledge translation (holds the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate through the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children), dissemination, and utilization; systematic reviews of disability and rehabilitation research; web accessibility; and copyright concerns. Her academic preparation includes coursework in special education and bilingual special education above the master’s degree level. She holds an M.Ed. in Social/Multicultural Foundations (Bilingual Education) and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Allen Heinemann imageAllen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). He completed a doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Kansas, is a diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology, and a fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Psychological Association. He is a past-president and fellow of the American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Rehabilitation Psychology division of the American Psychological Association. He serves as co-Editor-in-Chief for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is on the editorial boards of Rehabilitation Psychology and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. He is the author of more than 300 articles and is the project director of a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities and three Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Awards (policy, employment, health services research) from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. He received the Distinguished Career Award from the Rehabilitation Psychology division of APA.

Anne Deutsch imageAnne Deutsch is a Senior Research Public Health Analyst at RTI International. She also has an appointment as a Clinical Research Scientist at the Shirley Ryan Abilitylab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research and she is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a certified rehabilitation registered nurse with a doctoral degree in Epidemiology and Community Health. Anne’s research has focused on Medicare payment and quality of care policies. This work has led to the development and implementation of standardized data elements in post-acute care (inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities), the implementation of the “IRF Compare” and “LTCH Compare” websites, as well as confidential feedback reports for providers. Anne led the team that developed the  IRF self-care and mobility functional outcome measures, which are endorsed by the National Quality Forum, and have been implemented as IMPACT Act quality measures.  Anne has served on many expert panels, including the panels sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Administration for Community Living and the World Health Organization.

Science

The ACRM EPC Science Subcommittee oversees the scientific evaluation and development of evidence-based products (e.g. practice guidelines, position statements, systematic reviews, etc.) designed to promote effective and efficient rehabilitation practices and enhance rehabilitation services. The subcommittee provides on-going scientific consultation and acts as an oversight body to ensure that research quality standards are met in the creation ACRM practice guidelines, systematic reviews and other documents. The EPC Science subcommittee evaluates all guidelines or recommendations developed by other organizations proposed for ACRM endorsement and provides recommendations to the ACRM Board regarding approval. The EPC Science Subcommittee also develops scientific methodological materials and standards to improve the synthesis of research information and its application to rehabilitation practice. The committee collaborates with the editorial boards of the ACRM journals, the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation, as well as the ACRM EPC Policy and Dissemination Subcommittee as needed to publish these products.

Evidence and Practice Committee Policy and Science Biographies 

Ronald Seel imageRonald T. Seel, PhD, FACRM, is Professor and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE) in the Department of PM&R, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. CERSE’s mission is to connect researchers and accelerate rehabilitation breakthroughs that empower people to overcome barriers and thrive. Dr. Seel facilitates interdisciplinary research across VCU Schools, McGuire VAMC, Sheltering Arms Institute, Commonwealth of Virginia Agencies, industries, and national academic, private sector, and not-for-profit partners. In 2019, CERSE faculty and affiliated researchers had 77 grants and $116M in total awards. Dr. Seel chairs the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee and leads the ACRM-CARF International-Paradigm Initiative, a funded academic-accreditor-industry partnership to generate clinical practice guidelines. Ron earned a BA in Government at the College of William and Mary and a PhD in Counseling Psychology at VCU. He previously served as Associate Director of Research for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and Executive Director of the Southeastern Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center at the McGuire VAMC in Richmond, VA. Prior to re-joining VCU, he was the O. Wayne Rollins Director of Brain Injury Research at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA.

Douglas Katz imageDouglas I. Katz, MD, FACRM is Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, a member of the neurology staff at Boston Medical Center and Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Encompass Health Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. He served as President of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), 2015-2017. With subspecialties in cognitive/behavioral neurology, brain injury medicine and neurorehabilitation, he is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation with over 30 years of experience in TBI clinical care, research, education, and program development. He has numerous publications in areas of research interest in TBI and neurorehabilitation and has co-edited several books, including 2 editions of a comprehensive text on TBI. As an educator, he had mentored many trainees in neurorehabilitation and brain injury medicine and has been a national leader in developing training and certification standards. He serves on a number of editorial boards for major journals on brain injury and neurorehabilitation. His honors include the Sheldon Berrol Clinical Services Award from the Brain Injury Association of America (2001), the Ken Viste, Jr. award from the American Society of Neurorehabilitation (2012) and the Compassionate Care Award of the Brain Injury Association of MA (2013). He is a fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (FACRM), American Academy of Neurology (FAAN), American Society of Neurorehabilitation (FASNR) and the American Neurological Association (FANA).

Joseph GiacinoJoseph T. Giacino, PhD, FACRM is the Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH), Consulting Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Adjunct Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He is also on the faculty of the Center for Bioethics at HMS where he teaches Neuroethics and serves as a Capstone Seminar mentor for Master’s degree candidates. He directs the SRH Neurorehabilitation Laboratory which seeks to develop more precise neurodiagnostic procedures, clinical outcome assessment measures and treatment interventions for persons with severe acquired brain injury and disorders of consciousness (DoC). He is the Project Director of the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (NIDILRR, 2012-2022) and co-leads the Outcomes Core of the “Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in TBI” (NINDS, 2013-2018) and “TBI Endpoint Development (DoD, 2014-2019) projects, which aim to validate clinical, imaging, and genomic biomarkers to improve TBI diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. He also serves as Co-PI on a pilot clinical trial assessing, “Central Thalamic Stimulation for Traumatic Brain Injury” (NINDS, 2015-2020) and recently completed a DoD-funded project that developed an Evidence-Based Clinical Outcome Assessment Platform (“EB-COP”) for systematic evaluation of TBI outcome measures. He led the expert panels that established the diagnostic criteria for the minimally conscious state and developed the 2018 Practice Guideline on Disorders of Consciousness, co-sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Giacino maintains a broad array of national and international collaborations aimed at improving care for patients with severe TBI.

Karen McCullochKaren McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, FAPTA is a Professor in Physical Therapy, Division of PT, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she has taught entry-level and advanced level students neurorehabilitation since 1993. She is an ABPTS Neurologic Certified Specialist Emeritus. She has been active in the Academy for Neurology Physical Therapy in various leadership roles including leading development of outcome measure consensus processes (TBI EDGE) and the development of a concussion CPG for physical therapy. She has served ACRM as Brain Injury ISIG secretary and is active on the mTBI Task Force and the EPC Scientific Subcommittee. Karen has cared about individuals with traumatic brain injury since beginning as a PT in clinical practice, extending from moderate to severe brain injury to recent focus on military concussion. Her research includes development outcome measures and interventions to improve active movement, balance, dual-task performance and functional mobility, with the aim to improve quality of life. Funding support has come from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Football League, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Defense.

Marcel DijkersMarcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM, has been a rehabilitation researcher for close to 40 years, focusing on spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury as diagnostic groups, and measurement of participation and quality of life as topics. For the last decade, he has specialized in evidence-based practice, systematic reviewing, and the reporting of research, especially the specification of the content of rehabilitation interventions. Dr. Dijkers is a former president of ACRM, and has been an EPC member since 2009.

James Graham ImageJames E. Graham, PhD, DC, FACRM is Director of the Center for Community Partnerships and Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department in the College of Health & Human Sciences at Colorado State University. He has been an active member of the ACRM for more than 14 years. In addition to serving on the Evidence-Based Practice Committee, James is also the founding Chair of the Health Services Research Networking Group.

 

 

Yelena Goldin ImageDr. Yelena Goldin received her doctorate degree from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2009. She completed her fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Goldin is a senior clinical and research neuropsychologist at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, JFK University Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has extensive experience clinical work and research in brain injury, aging, and sex & gender issues. Dr. Goldin is the Project Director of the JFK Johnson TBI Model System center, training director of JFK Johnson clinical neuropsychology residency, and responsible for research training of the JFK Johnson PM&R medical residents and fellows.

She has been an active member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine for 10 years, where, in addition to the Scientific Subcommittee, she also serves on the Program Committee, chairs the Poster Committee, and is co-chair BIISIG’s Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force and the Girls and Women with ABI task force.

 

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Mark V. Johnston, PhD, FACRM, Professor Emeritus.  Mark Johnston’s research has centered about questions of measurement of activity, health, and quality of life outcomes after health-related rehabilitation; factors predicting or determining these outcomes, including personal factors and care system factors; evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions using both experimental and quasiexperimental research designs; and the synthesis and utilization of best evidence practice, that is, evidence-based practice. His research has addressed the needs of people with many types of disability and chronic-illnesses but has particularly focused on activity-based interventions for groups with neurological disabilities, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke. He is former chair of the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee.

 

Guideline Development

GUIDELINE DEVELOPMENT

ACRM Review System

  1. Matrix of endorsement categories
  2. Clinical Practice Guideline Process Manual, 2017 Ed. St. Paul, MN

 EPC Forms

  1. Systematic Review Project Development Form
  2. Systematic Review Budget Request Form
  3. ICM JE Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Forms

ACRM Member Guide to Product Development
The Member Guide to Product Development, managed by the ACRM Communications Committee, describes ACRM products, e.g., fact sheets, journal articles, manuals, and the procedure used by ACRM groups and committees to develop them. Includes a product development worksheet and a form to request a product review.

Guidelines

ACRM ENDORSED GUIDELINES

Guidelines & Reviews

  1. APHASIA
    Communication Partner Training in Aphasia: A Systematic Review
      Nina Simmons-Mackie, Anastasia Raymer, Elizabeth Armstrong, Audrey Holland, Leora R. Cherney
    Communication Partner Training in Aphasia: An Updated Systematic Review
      Nina Simmons-Mackie, Anastasia Raymer, Leora R. Cherney
  2. DOC Assessment Parameter
  3. Practice Guideline Update Recommendations Summary: Disorders of Consciousness
    Joseph T. Giacino et al
  4. Comprehensive Systematic Review Update Summary: Disorders of Consciousness
    Joseph T. Giacino et al
  5. Evidence-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation: Systematic Review of the Literature From 2009 Through 2014
    Keith D. Cicerone, Yelena Goldin, Keith Ganci, Amy Rosenbaum, Jennifer V. Wethe, Donna M. Langenbahn, James F. Malec, Thomas F. Bergquist, Kristine Kingsley, Drew Nagele, Lance Trexler, Michael Fraas, Yelena Bogdanova, J. Preston Harley

Position Statements

  1. Mild TBI Definition
  2. Aspen Guidelines MCS and Emerged
  3. Minimum Competency Recommendations for Programs That Provide Rehabilitation Services for Persons With Disorders of Consciousness
    Joseph T. Giacino et al

Case Definitions

  1. Post-traumatic Confusional State: A Case Definition and Diagnostic Criteria 
    Mark Sherer,  Douglas I. Katz,  Yelena G. Bodien,  David B. Arciniegas,  Cady Block, Sonja Blum,  Matt Doiron, Kim Frey,  Joseph T. Giacino,  Min Jeong P. Graf, Brian Greenwald, Flora M. Hammond, Kathleen Kalmar, Jacob Kean, Marilyn F. Kraus, Risa Nakase-Richardson, Shital Pavawalla, Amy Rosenbaum, Donald T. Stuss, Stuart A. Yablon

Publications

EPC Sponsored Supplement for Improving Development and Use of Evidence

  1. Seel RT, Dijkers MP, Johnston MV. Developing and using evidence to improve rehabilitation practice. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S97-100.
  2. Whyte J, Barrett A. Advancing the evidence base of rehabilitation treatments: a developmental approach. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S101-10.
  3. Graham JE, Karmarkar AM, Ottenbacher KJ. Small sample research designs for evidence-based rehabilitation: issues and methods. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S111-6.
  4. Hart T, Bagiella E. Design and implementation of clinical trials in rehabilitation research. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S117-26.
  5. Horn SD, DeJong G, Deutscher D. Practice-based evidence research in rehabilitation: an alternative to randomized controlled trials and traditional observation studies.Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S127-37.
  6. Seel RT, Steyerberg EW, Malec JF, Sherer M, Macciocchi SN. Developing and evaluating prediction models in rehabilitation populations. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S138-53.
  7. Velozo CA, Magasi S, Heinemann AW, Romero S, Seel RT.Improving measurement methods in rehabilitation: core concepts and recommendations for scale development. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S154-63.
  8. Dijkers MP, Murphy SL, Krellman J. Evidence-based practice for rehabilitation professionals: concepts and controversies. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S164-76.
  9. Johnston MV, Dijkers MP. Toward improved evidence standards and methods for rehabilitation: recommendations and challenges. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S185-99.
  10. Dijkers MP, Bushnik T, Heinemann AW, Heller T, Libin AV, Starks J, Sherer M, Vandergoot D.Systematic reviews for informing rehabilitation practice: an introduction. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93:912-8.
  11. Brown PA, Harniss MK, Schomer KG, Feinberg M, Cullen NK, Johnson KL.Conducting systematic evidence reviews: core concepts and lessons learned. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(8 Suppl 2):S177-84.

Sources for Finding Systematic Reviews of Relevance to Rehabilitation Practice:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)*
The EBP section lists all SRs completed by the AHRQ funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
“Systematic Reviews” lists published SRs on speech, language, and hearing issues that have been evaluated by Association staff.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination*
The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects is focused primarily on SRs that evaluate the effects of health care interventions and the delivery and organization of health services.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination*
Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) supplied by the members of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment and other HTA organizations around the world.

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)
A database of peer-reviewed and other literature of nursing and allied health disciplines. In “advanced search,” under “publication type,” select “systematic review.”

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)*
Use key word “systematic review” with other terms in “advanced search.” (ERIC includes records of the What Works Clearinghouse.)

Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating (EPPI) Centre*
The EPPI Library holds SRs in the fields of education, health promotion, and public health.

Evidence-Based Review of Moderate To Severe Acquired Brain Injury*
An evidence-based review of the literature for rehabilitation or rehabilitation-related interventions for acquired brain injury.

Joanna Briggs Institute*
Library of Systematic Reviews contains documents reporting on SRs of quantitative or qualitative studies of health care practices and therapeutics.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence*
Guidelines documents contain SRs of the topic.

National Rehabilitation Information Center*
A database of publications resulting from research funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, as well as other documents relevant to disability and rehabilitation. Under “research publications” in the “researchers” tab, enter “systematic review.”

NCDDR*
Registry of SRs of disability and rehabilitation research.

OTSeeker*
On the search page, the “Method” specification allows one to select SRs “relevant to occupational therapy.”

PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database*
On the search page, the “Method” specification allows one to select SRs in the area of physical therapy.

PROSPERO*
PROSPERO is a registry of planned and in-progress health care SRs, providing their protocol.

PsycBITE*
On the search page, the “Method” specification allows one to select SRs in the area of cognitive, behavioral, and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment.

PsycINFO (OVID platform)
A database of peer-reviewed literature in psychology and many related disciplines. Type “systematic review.mp” into the search box, and combine with other key words and thesaurus terms to narrow the search.

PubMed*
“Clinical Queries” function is optimized to filter “systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, and guidelines.”

Social Care Institute for Excellence*
The library contains SRs of “social care services”: the entire range of social and related services used by people with disabilities.

speechBITE*
On the search page, the “Method” specification allows one to select SRs in the area of speech pathology.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence (SCIRE) project*
SCIRE reviews, evaluates, and translates research knowledge into formats to inform health professionals and other stakeholders of best rehabilitation practices after SCI.

Patient/Family

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