Clinical excellence in physical medicine and rehabilitation: Examples from the published literature

Alexis Coslick, Richard D. Zorowitz, Scott M. Wright

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Abstract

Objective: Advancements in medical knowledge and technology are enabling people to live longer with chronic medical conditions, and creating a need for physiatrists to help maintain and restore function. Clinical excellence in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) is not well documented in the literature. The aim of this paper is to provide examples of clinical excellence in PM&R as they relate to the definition formulated by the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence (MCACE). Methods and results: A review of the literature revealed 1,686 published articles that were evaluated to determine their relevance to the definition of clinical excellence in PM&R. From these articles, exemplary case reports and research studies were identified for each of the domains of excellence. Conclusion: The application of the definition of clinical excellence to PM&R is more than just an intellectual exercise, as it can help to establish the model to which physicians and trainees may want to aspire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-258
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Clinical excellence
  • PM&R, physical and rehabilitation medicine, PRM
  • Physiatry
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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