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What does it mean to be made vulnerable in the era of COVID-19? Ahmad A, Chung R, Eckenwiler L, Ganguli-Mitra A, Hunt M, Richards R, Saghai Y, Schwartz L, Scully JL, Wild V. Lancet.


June 2020

Connected speech assessment in the early detection of Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment: a scoping review. Filiou R-P, Bier N, Slegers A, Houze B, Belchior P, Brambati SM. Aphasiology.

Development of a conceptual framework of recovery after abdominal surgery. Alam R, Montanez J, Law S, Lee L, Pecorelli N, Watanabe Y, Chiavegato LD, Falconi M, Hirano S, Mayo NE, Feldman LS, Fiore JF. Surgical Endoscopy.

Efavirenz and cognition that matters. Brouillette M-J, Fellows LK, Mayo NE. AIDS.

Improving body functions through participation in community activities among young people with physical disabilities. Anaby D, Avery L, Gorter JW, Levin MF, Teplicky R, Turner L, Cormier I, Hanes J. Dev Med Child Neurol.


May 2020

A united statement of the global chiropractic research community against the pseudoscientific claim that chiropractic care boosts immunity. Cote P, Bussières A, Cassidy JD et al. Chiropr Man Therap.

An integrated knowledge translation project to develop, implement, and evaluate a train-the-trainer program at a community rehabilitation program in Tamil Nadu, India. Hunt M, Ponnusamy R, Goulet A, Anthonypillai C, Muthukaruppan SS, Bharathwaj A, Thomas A, Archambault PS, Garnett C, Storr C, Krishna D. Disabil Rehabil.

Current emergency response in Montreal: How does it fit in the services offered to homeless people who use substances? Alunni-Menichini K, Bertrand K, Roy L, Brousselle A. Int J Drug Policy.

Exercise intensity of the upper limb can be enhanced using a virtual rehabilitation system. Baniña MC, Molad R, Solomon JS, Berman S, Soroker N, Frenkel-Toledo S, Liebermann DG, Levin MF. Disabil Rehabil Assistive Tech.

Exercise interventions in solid organ transplant candidates: a systematic review. Pesce de Souza F, Massierer D, Anand Raje U, Tansey CM, Boruff J, Janaudis-Ferreira T. Clin Transplant.

Facilitating Guideline Implementation in Primary Health Care Practices. Peters S, Bussières A, Depreitere B, Vanholle S, Cristens J, Vermandere, Thomas A. J Prim Care Community Health.

Health-related quality of life scores of typically developing children and adolescents around the world: a meta-analysis with meta-regression. Ow N, Mayo NE. Qual Life Res.

Improving body functions through participation in community activities among young people with physical disabilities. Anaby D, Avery L, Gorter JW, Levin MF, Teplicky R, Turner L, Cormier I, Hanes J Dev Med Child Neurol.

Improving the usefulness of evidence concerning the effectiveness of implementation strategies for knowledge products in primary healthcare: protocol for a series of systematic reviews. Zomahoun HTV, Massougbodji J, Bussières A, Thomas A, Kairy D, Uwizeye CB, Rheault N, Charif AB, Diendere E, Langlois L, Tchoubi S, Gaye SA, Legare F. Systematic Reviews.

One Step at a Time: A Phased Approach to Behavioral Treatment Development in Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Janaudis-Ferreira T, Ross B, Bourbeau J. Am J Respir Crit Care Med.

Participation in and outcomes from a 12-month tailored exercise programme for people with multiple sclerosis (MSTEP©): a randomized trial. Mayo NE, Mate KK, Reid R, Duquette P, Lapierre Y, Barclay R, Bayley M, Bartlett S, Andersen R. Clin Rehabil.

Self-reported physical activity is related to knee muscle strength on the unaffected side and walking ability in patients with knee osteoarthritis awaiting total knee arthroplasty: a cross-sectional study. Tanaka S, Tamari K, Amano T, Robbins SM, Inoue Y, Tanaka R. Physiother Theory Practice.

The current state of pain education within Canadian physiotherapy programs: a national survey of pain educators. Wideman TH, Miller J, Bostick G, Thomas A, Bussières A, Wickens RH. Disabil Rehabil.

The impact of resilience on healthy aging with multiple sclerosis. Ploughman M, Downer MB, Pretty RW, Wallack EM, Amirkhanian S, Kirkland MC, Fisk JD, Mayo N, Sadovnick AD, Beaulieu S, O'Connor P, Morrow SA, Knox KB, Metz LM, Smyth P, Marrie RA, Stefanelli M, Godwin M. Qual Life Res.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and heat to reduce pain in a chronic low back pain population: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Leemans L, Elma O, Nijs J, Wideman TH, Siffain C, den Bandt H, Van Laere S, Beckwee D. Brazilian J Phys Ther.

Using a cognitive orthosis to support older adults during meal preparation: Clinicians' perspective on COOK technology. Yaddaden A, Couture M, Gagnon-Roy M, Belchior P, Lussier M, Bottari C, Giroux S, Pigot H, Bier N. J Rehabil Assist Technol Eng.

What does it mean to be made vulnerable in the era of COVID-19? Ahmad A, Chung R, Eckenwiler L, Ganguli-Mitra A, Hunt M, Richards R, Saghai Y, Schwartz L, Scully JL, Wild V. Lancet.


April 2020

Acute exercise protects newly formed motor memories against rTMS-induced interference targeting primary motor cortex. Beck MM, Grandjean MU, Hartmand S, Spedden ME, Christiansen L, Roig M, Lundbye-Jensen J. Neuroscience.

Canadian consensus recommendations for a research agenda in pulmonary rehabilitation post-acute exacerbation of COPD: A meeting report. Janaudis-Ferreira T, Harrison SL, Ahmed S, Bourbeau J, Goodridge D, Vasiliadis HM, Tracey L, Camp P, Campbell F, Dechman G, Goldstein R, Levitz S, Moullec G, Sedeno M, Spahija J, Stickland M, Wald J. Can J Respir Crit Care Sleep Med.

Contextualized Autonomy in Transitional Care for Youth With Neurologic Conditions: The Role of the Pediatric Neurologist. Bogossian A, Majnemer A, Racine E. J Child Neurol.

Disseminating knowledge to providers on exercise training after solid organ transplantation. Janaudis-Ferreira T, Mathur S, Tansey CM, Blydt-Hansen T, Hartell D. Prog Transplant.

Electronic participation-focused care planning support for families: a pilot study. Jarvis JM, Kaelin VC, Anaby D, Teplicky R, Khetani MA. Dev Med Child Neurol.

HIITing the brain with exercise: mechanisms, consequences and practical recommendations. Calverley TA, Ogoh S, Marley CJ, Steggall M, Marchi N, Brassard P, Lucas SJE, Cotter JD, Roig M, Ainslie PN, Wisloff U, Bailey DM. J Physiol.

Impact of Facilitation of Early Mobilization on Postoperative Pulmonary Outcomes After Colorectal Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Balvardi S, Pecorelli N, Castelino T, Niculiseanu P, Alhashemi M, Liberman AS, Charlebois P, Stein B, Carli F, Mayo NE, Feldman LS, Fiore JF Jr. Ann Surg.

Intensive care unit clinicians identify many barriers to, and facilitators of, early mobilisation: a qualitative study using the Theoretical Domains Framework. Anekwe DE, Milner SC, Bussières A, de Marchie M, Spahija J. J Physiother.

Mapping clinical reasoning literature across the health professions: a scoping review. Young ME, Thomas A, Lubarsky S, Gordon D, Gruppen LD, Rencic J, Ballard T, Holmboe E, Da Silva A, Ratcliffe T, Schuwirth L, Dory V, Durning SJ. BMC Med Ed.

Motor learning in neurological rehabilitation. Levin MF, Demers M. Disabil Rehabil.

Participation among Children with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita: A Scoping Review. Elfassy C, Cachecho S, Snider L, Dahan-Oliel N. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr

Physical therapy evaluation and treatment after concussion/mild traumatic brain injury. Quatman-Yates CC, Hunter-Giordano A, Shimamura KK, Landel R, Alsalaheen BA, Hanke TA, McCulloch KL, Altman RD, Beattie P, Berz KE, Bley B, Cecchini A, Dewitt J, Ferland A, Gagnon I, Gill-Body K, Kaplan S, Leddy JJ, McGrath S, Pagnotta GL, Reneker J, Schwertfeger J, Silverberg N. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.

Stability of reaching during standing in stroke. Tomita Y, Turpin NA, Piscitelli D, Feldman AG, Levin MF. J Neurophysiol.

Within-patient, single-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of triamcinolone acetonide injections for the treatment of hypertrophic scar in adult burn survivors. Nedelec B, LaSalle L, de Oliveira A, Correa JA. J Burn Care Res.


March 2020

Altered local cerebellar and brainstem development in preterm infants. Wu Y, Stoodley C, Brossard-Racine M, Kapse K, Vezina G, Murnick J, du Plessis AJ, Limperopoulos C. NeuroImage.

Effectiveness of a home-based exercise program for lung transplant candidates-a retrospective chart review. Massierer D, Bourgeois N, Rakel A, Prevost K, Lands LC, Poirier CD, Janaudis-Ferreira T. J Heart Lung Transplant.

Environmental factors that impact the workplace participation of transition-aged young adults with brain-based disabilities: a scoping reviewShahin S, Reitzel M, Di Rezze B, Ahmed S, Anaby D. Int J Environ Res Public Health.

Making decisions about service provision for clients with low back pain: perspectives of Canadian physiotherapy professionals. Orozco T, Laliberté M, Mazer B, Hunt M, Williams-Jones B, Feldman DE. Physiother Can.

Real-time avatar-based feedback to enhance the symmetry of spatiotemporal parameters after stroke: instantaneous effects of different avatar views. Liu LY, Sangani S, Patterson KK, Fung J, Lamontagne A. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng.

Reference values for the Unsupported Upper Limb Exercise test in healthy adults in Brazil. Lima VP, Velloso M, Pessoa BP, Almeida FD, Ribeiro-Samora GA, Janaudis-Ferreira T. J Bras Pneumol.

Understanding alternatives to tobacco production in Kenya: a qualitative analysis at the sub-national level. Clark M, Magati P, Drope J, Labonte R, Lencucha R. Int J Environ Res Public Health.

Validation of an individualized measure of quality of life, patient generated index, for use with people with Parkinson's Disease. Kuspinar A, Mate KKV, Lafontaine AL, Mayo NNeurol Res Int.

Value-sensitive design for humanitarian action: integrating ethical analysis for information and communication technology innovations. Smith A, Pringle J, Hunt M. In: Messelken D., Winkler D. (eds) Ethics of Medical Innovation, Experimentation, and Enhancement in Military and Humanitarian Contexts. Military and Humanitarian Health Ethics. Springer, Cham.

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