CER, PBE, SCIRehab, NIDRR, and other important abbreviations

Marcel P. Dijkers, Gale G. Whiteneck, Julie Gassaway

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Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has been receiving much attention (and government funding) in recent years, stemming from dissatisfaction with much medical and health care research, which does not produce actionable evidence that can be used by clinicians, patients, and policymakers. Rehabilitation research has been characterized by similar weaknesses and by often inadequate research designs. The SCIRehab study of the outcomes of inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation is one of a small number of rehabilitation practice-based evidence (PBE) studies in recent years that allows for the comparison of interventions by all disciplines for relevant real-life outcomes. This introduction to a series of articles resulting from the SCIRehab project discusses the need for and the nature of CER, and places the SCIRehab study and other PBE studies in the light of CER. After a description of the highlights of the analyses in this supplement, we provide a preliminary evaluation of SCIRehab, counting the articles and presentations from the study, the resources that went into this vast project, and the lessons learned that may benefit future rehabilitation PBE investigators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S61-S66
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research design
  • Spinal cord injuries


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