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Current Technology Developments Can Improve the Quality of Research and Level of Evidence for Rehabilitation Interventions

Version 1 : Received: 2 June 2022 / Approved: 3 June 2022 / Online: 3 June 2022 (11:12:44 CEST)

How to cite: Bonnechère, B.; Timmermans, A.; Michiels, S. Current Technology Developments Can Improve the Quality of Research and Level of Evidence for Rehabilitation Interventions. Preprints 2022, 2022060047 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202206.0047.v1). Bonnechère, B.; Timmermans, A.; Michiels, S. Current Technology Developments Can Improve the Quality of Research and Level of Evidence for Rehabilitation Interventions. Preprints 2022, 2022060047 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202206.0047.v1).

Abstract

Important current limitations of the implementation of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in the rehabilitation field are related to the validation process of new technologies and interventions. Indeed, most of the strict guidelines that have been developed for the validation of new drugs (i.e., double or triple blinded, strict control of the doses and intensity) cannot – or only partially – be applied in rehabilitation. Well powered high quality randomized controlled trials are more difficult to organize in rehabilitation (e.g., longer duration of the intervention in rehabilitation, more difficult to standardize the intervention compared to drugs’ validation studies, limited funding’s since not sponsorized by big pharma companies), which reduces the possibility of conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as currently high level of evidence is sparse. The current limitations of EBP in rehabilitation are presented in this paper and innovative solutions are suggested such as: technology-supported rehabilitation systems, continuous assessment, pragmatic trials, rehabilitation treatment specification systems, and advanced statistical methods, to tackle the limitations to increase the quality of the research in rehabilitation. The development and implementation of new technologies should increase the quality of research and the level of evidence supporting rehabilitation provided some adaptation in our research methodology.

Keywords

Rehabilitation; new technology; validation; study design; methods

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Nursing & Health Studies

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