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

Alexis Coslick, Richard D. Zorowitz, Scott M. Wright
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

DOI: 10.2340/16501977-2058

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.

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