Special Projects

REH-COVER action: REHabilitation – COVID-19 Evidence-based Response

This project aims at improving the evidence knowledge about rehabilitation for COVID-19. It includes systematically collecting all the current evidence on COVID-19, identifying the existing evidence on the expected sequelae of COVID-19 and its treatments, and other initiatives in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) rehabilitation programme.


BE4REHAB: Best Evidence for Rehabilitation

In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) rehabilitation programme, this project aims to provide WHO with the evidence needed to produce the Package of Interventions for Rehabilitation (PIR). PIR will be provided by WHO to all countries to help health policy makers in planning and implementing rehabilitation into Healthcare Systems.



In collaboration with the European Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Bodies Alliance, this project aims to organize all the Cochrane Systematic Reviews of rehabilitation interest in a web-based ebook with summaries targeted to clinicians, students, health managers, and consumers. The project is performed with the Residency Schools in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine of the University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" and of the “Politecnica delle Marche”.



In collaboration with 41 national Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine societies and 100 health professionals, this project grows with the Cochrane ebook. Its validated index provides a reference framework allowing to identify gaps in the current Cochrane Reviews of rehabilitation interest and to select priorities for future reviews production.


RCTRACK: Randomized Controlled Trial Rehabilitation Checklists 

Stemming from the need to improve the quality of rehabilitation research, this project aims to produce a specific reporting guideline for Randomized Controlled Trials in rehabilitation. These will focus on the methodological needs of end users, to allow a better understanding of the treatment provided. The production of conduct guidelines is also expected in a second moment.


Rehabilitation Definition

The word “rehabilitation” often conveys different meanings depending on the context, thus bringing disagreements and misunderstandings. Cochrane Rehabilitation found difficulties in defining inclusion and exclusion criteria for interventions in rehabilitation. This project aims to develop a new definition of rehabilitation to be used for these scientific purposes.