Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation















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Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Archives) is the acclaimed international journal of ACRM covering the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and allied disciplines.

Original articles report important trends and deliver authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical behavioral and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities.

According to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports just released, the Impact Factor for Archives increased by 19 percent over the previous year to 3.289. This is the 13th increase in 14 years, making Archives fifth out of 65 journals in the Rehabilitation category and 9th out of 82 in the Sports Sciences category. It also has the highest Impact Factor of all general Rehabilitation journals that are not discipline- or condition-specific.

With 20,674 lifetime citations, Archives is by far the most cited journal in Rehabilitation.

The Archives editors thank all of our authors, reviewers, editorial board members, and editorial office staff, and congratulate everyone on our shared success!


NEW Practice Guideline Update Recommendations Summary: Disorders of Consciousness

For people in a vegetative or minimally conscious state caused by brain injury, an accurate diagnosis and ongoing medical and rehabilitative care based on the latest scientific evidence could mean a better chance for recovery, according to a new guideline by ACRM, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). View the Guideline, Systematic Review and Summaries below.

Practice Guideline Update Recommendations Summary: Disorders of Consciousness

Comprehensive Systematic Review Update Summary: Disorders of Consciousness

Practice Guideline: Disorders of Consciousness Presentation Slide Set

Summary of Evidence-based Guideline for Families and Caregivers: Disorders of Consciousness

Summary of Evidence-based Guideline for Clinicians: Disorders of Consciousness


Archives Elite Reviewer 2017

Archives Elite Reviewers 2017

The Editorial Board congratulates the Archives’ 2017 Elite Reviewers. The designation of Elite Reviewer reflects the number, timeliness and quality of reviews contributed to the Archives as judged by the editors. We would not have achieved recognition as a leading rehabilitation journal and been able to contribute to the scientific literature without the dedicated support of our reviewers. Thank you for your many contributions to the peer review process.






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ACRM Members also receive free online access to archival issues of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics published by Elsevier. Non-members may subscribe directly from the Archives website.



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The  Archives of PMR iPad® Edition and Android app are free to all ACRM members and Archives subscribers. Simply register to activate your access, then visit the iTunes Store or Google Play Store to download the app.

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The Archives mobile app for iOS or Android allows you to get the content you need, where and when you need it. Both apps share similar features, including:

  • Browse new issues and read new Articles in Press throughout the month, or jump to the featured articles with just a tap!
  • Bookmark your favorites
  • Take notes and highlight within articles
  • Interact with figures, tables, multimedia and supplementary content with updated in-article navigation
  • Personalize your experience with My Reading List, Notes, saving articles for offline reading, sharing articles via social media, emailing useful content, etc.
  • Get up-to-the minute alerts on new issues and featured articles by activating the App Alerts


ACRM RehabCast

RehabCast is the official monthly podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



The June 2018 Issue (Volume 99, Issue 6) has published.


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Here is a look at just some of what is available in the June issue:



Evolving Models of Rehabilitation-Related Patient Safety and Quality: PIECES
Bruce M. Gans


Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Postacute Care Setting, Facility Characteristics, and Poststroke Outcomes: A Systematic Review
Matthew Alcusky, Christine M. Ulbricht, Kate L. Lapane

Key Characteristics of Rehabilitation Quality Improvement Publications: Scoping Review From 2010 to 2016
Tiago S. Jesus, Christina Papadimitriou, Cátia S. Pinho, Helen Hoenig 

Effects of Timing and Intensity of Neurorehabilitation on Functional Outcome After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Marsh Königs, Eva A. Beurskens, Lian Snoep, Erik J. Scherder, Jaap Oosterlaan

Early Botulinum Toxin Injections in Infants With Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review of Safety and Effectiveness
Jean-Sébastien Bourseul, Anais Molina, Mael Lintanf, Laetitia Houx, Emmanuelle Chaléat-Valayer, Christelle Pons, Sylvain Brochard

Postoperative Rehabilitation Following Thumb Base Surgery: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Robbert M. Wouters, Jonathan Tsehaie, Steven E.R. Hovius, Burcu Dilek, Ruud W. Selles

Featured Articles

Measuring Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality of Care: Discharge Self-Care Functional Status Quality Measure
Poonam K. Pardasaney, Anne Deutsch, Jeniffer Iriondo-Perez, Melvin J. Ingber, Tara McMullen

Effect of Rehabilitation Intensity on Mortality Risk After Stroke
Cheng-Yang Hsieh, Hsiu-Chen Huang, Darren Philbert Wu, Chung-Yi Li, Meng-Jun Chiu, Sheng-Feng Sung

Evaluating Hospital Readmission Rates After Discharge From Inpatient Rehabilitation
Laura Coots Daras, Melvin J. Ingber, Jessica Carichner, Daniel Barch, Anne Deutsch, Laura M. Smith, Alan Levitt, Joel Andress

Geographic Region and Profit Status Drive Variation in Hospital Readmission Outcomes Among Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities in the United States
Laura Coots Daras, Melvin J. Ingber, Anne Deutsch, Jennifer Gaudet Hefele, Jennifer Perloff

Functional Status Is Associated With 30-Day Potentially Preventable Hospital Readmissions After Inpatient Rehabilitation Among Aged Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries
Addie Middleton, James E. Graham, Kenneth J. Ottenbacher

Physical and Occupational Therapy From the Acute to Community Setting After Stroke: Predictors of Use, Continuity of Care, and Timeliness of Care
Janet K. Freburger, Dongmei Li, Anna M. Johnson, Erin P. Fraher

Measurement Tool

Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory in Children With Cerebral Palsy
Sarah Brew, Erin Langan, Amanda Link-Dudek, Ryan Walsh, Linda Ehrlich-Jones

2017 ACRM Annual Conference Abstracts – Posted with October and December issues

The abstracts of scientific papers and posters presented at the ACRM 94th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, 23 October – 28 October 2017 in Atlanta, GA, USA are published in the October issue. The Late-Breaking Abstracts are published with the December issue.


Special Supplement to the February 2018 issue

Community Reintegration, Participation, and Employment Issues in Veterans and Service Members With Traumatic Brain Injury
Guest Editors: Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, Gail M. Powell-Cope


Special Supplement to the September 2016 issue

Physical Activity in Adult Rehabilitation Populations
Guest Editors: Daniel K. White, Mark S. Nash


Special Supplement to the June 2016 issue

Rehabilitation Following Surgical Reconstruction to Restore Function to the Upper Limb in Tetraplegia
Guest Editor: M. Elise Johanson, DPT


Special Supplement to the February 2016 issue

Sex, Gender, and Traumatic Brain Injury
Guest Editor: Angela Colantonio