H Weiss, D Turnbull, M Wong
H Weiss, D Turnbull, M Wong. Editorial. The Internet Journal of Rehabilitation. 2009 Volume 1 Number 1.
The Internet Journal of Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed, international and multidisciplinary journal targeted for all the professionals and scientists in the field of rehabilitation and the related topics. This journal publishes original articles in the form of in-depth review papers, clinical, experimental and technical research works, case reports, technical reports, and letters to the editor.
Needs for this New Journal
The field of rehabilitation goes far beyond the conventional concept. Internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics are fields where rehabilitation has been shown to be absolutely necessary. Cardiaopulmonary problems, stroke, disabilities and the problems of the aging patient are parts of the broad field rehabilitation is covering. Furthermore, in various somatic fields, psychiatric patients need rehabilitation to enable these people to effectively participate in their
Classification of Research Work
Evidence based medicine (EBM) and evidence based practice (EBP) are valuable instruments in the decision making process of professionals in the medical field. Restrictions upon resources of social health care systems have led to call for greater efficiency and cost effectiveness of treatment programs. Therefore, good quality evidence studies providing the highest quality of research are necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.
The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) [
Smallest evidence is provided by “expert opinion”
Case reports/case series
Randomized controlled studies (RCT) and
Meta analyses from RCT
The quality and types of evidence help to segregate research into levels. They are graded (IV [lowest] – I [highest]) and from those levels recommendations for treatment are derived (Grade D [lowest] – Grade A [highest]).
We are honored by the task of acting as Editors of
Everyone involved wishes the journal a successful start. May we increase our knowledge, improve our skills and gain enthusiasm for the benefit of our patients.