• 1 IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy -
  • 2 Montecatone Rehabilitation Institute SpA, Imola, Bologna, Italy
  • 3 IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy
  • 4 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 5 Honorary Consultant in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 6 Department of Mental and Physical Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Naples, Italy
  • 7 Department of Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospital Center "Sestre Milosrdnice", Zagreb, Croatia
  • 8 Cochrane Global Ageing, London, UK
  • 9 IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italy
  • 10 Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 11 University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 12 School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
  • 13 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 14 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, PNS Shifa Hospital, DHA II, Karachi, Pakistan
Eur J Phys Rehabil Med, 2021 Apr;57(2):303-308.
PMID: 33971699 DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.21.06877-5


During its fourth year of existence, Cochrane Rehabilitation went on to promote evidence-informed health decision-making in rehabilitation. In 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to alter priorities. In these challenging times, Cochrane Rehabilitation has firstly changed its internal organisation and established a new relevant project in line with pandemic needs: the REH-COVER (Rehabilitation - COVID-19 evidence-based response) action. The aim was to focus on the timely collection, review and dissemination of summarised and synthesised evidence relating to COVID-19 and rehabilitation. Cochrane Rehabilitation REH-COVER action has included in 2020 five main initiatives: 1) rapid living systematic reviews on rehabilitation and COVID-19; 2) interactive living evidence map on rehabilitation and COVID-19; 3) definition of the research topics on "rehabilitation and COVID-19" in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) rehabilitation programme; 4) Cochrane Library special collection on Coronavirus (COVID-19) rehabilitation; and 5) collaboration with COVID-END for the topics "rehabilitation" and "disability." Furthermore, we are still carrying on five different special projects: Be4rehab; RCTRACK; definition of rehabilitation for research purposes; ebook project; and a prioritization exercise for Cochrane Reviews production. The Review Working Area continued to identify and "tag" the rehabilitation-relevant reviews published in the Cochrane library; the Publication Working Area went on to publish Cochrane Corners, working more closely with the Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) and Cochrane Networks, particularly with Cochrane Musculoskeletal, Oral, Skin and Sensory Network; the Education Working Area, the most damaged in 2020, tried to continue performing educational activities such as workshops in different online meetings; the Methodology Working Area organized the third and fourth Cochrane Rehabilitation Methodological (CRM) meetings respectively in Milan and Orlando; the Communication Working Area spread rehabilitation evidences through different channels and translated the contents in different languages.

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