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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 4-8

The scientific article and the future of physical and rehabilitation medicine

Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine San Juan; Department of Physiology, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

Correspondence Address:
Walter R Frontera
Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, PO Box 365067, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-5067
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijprm.ijprm_10_18

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Scientific research is the process by which new information and/or knowledge is generated. This knowledge can serve the purpose of supporting the practice of a medical specialty like physical and rehabilitation medicine (PRM). The research process consists of various steps including the dissemination of the findings in the form of a scientific article. Progress in science and medicine is communicated to others through the scientific article. The number of journals and articles in science in general and in the field of physical and rehabilitation medicine in particular has been increasing in the last few decades. This trend is expected to continue because of the expansion of research (including clinical trials) in the field and other activities such as the initiation of Cochrane Rehabilitation. Authors should understand the sections of a scientific article, the peer-review process, the hierarchy of levels of evidence, new rules regarding scientific reporting, and the need to prevent scientific misconduct through education.

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