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PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation 

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PM&R is the official scientific journal of AAPM&R. The Academy launched this peer-reviewed journal in 2009 specifically for the physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. PM&R was selected for MEDLINE indexing later that year.

The goal of the publication is to advance education and impact the specialty through the timely delivery of clinically relevant and evidence-based research and review information. Topics include: acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders and pain, neurologic conditions involving the central and peripheral nervous systems, rehabilitation of impairments associated with disabilities in adults and children, and neurophysiology and electrodiagnosis.

Academy members receive free access to all journal content both online and in print. In addition, journal CME activities are included; often with additional learning activities such as self-assessment examinations for practitioners (SAE-Ps).

Call for Reviewers:

PM&R is looking to expand its pool of peer reviewers. Responsibilities include: providing timely, honest and constructive review of manuscripts assessing importance, quality and credibility. Interested in volunteering? AAPM&R members can apply here. Questions? Email

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Award-Winning Articles from PM&R

PM&R congratulates the recipients of the following 3 Best Paper Awards:

Foundation for PM&R/PM&R Best Original Research Award

Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Spinal Cord Injuries: A Population‐Based Study.

Deborah A. Crane MD, MPH, FAAPMR, David R. Doody, MS, Melissa A. Schiff MD, MPH, Beth A. Mueller DrPH

PM R 2019; 11:795-806.

PM&R Best Young Investigator Original Research Paper

Simulation‐Based Education for Urgent Medical Complications Common to the Rehabilitation Setting: An Educational Program for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residents

Laura Malmut MD,  Monica E. Rho, MD, FAAPMR

PM R 2019; 11:1272-1277

PM&R Best Paper Original Research-International

Feasibility, Validity, and Responsiveness of Self-Report and Objective Measures of Physical Activity in Patients With Chronic Pain

Matthew L. Stevens, Chung‐Wei C. Lin, Hidde P. van der Ploeg, Maria De Sousa, Jessica Castle, Michael K. Nicholas, Chris G. Maher

PM R 2019; 11:858-867

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All original research articles published (in print) in PM&R between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, were eligible for this year's awards. Selection criteria included the following:

  • The importance of the contribution of the manuscript to the clinical or basic science related to physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • Relevance to clinical practice.
  • The quality of the research methodology and interpretation of the findings.
  • Quality of the writing.