Background: In 2014 an Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Committee was founded within the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM). In collaboration with the PRM Section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and the International Society of PRM (ISPRM) the group decided to create a Cochrane PRM Field (Cochrane PRM). PRM covers a broad medical domain dealing with function, activities and participation in a large number of health conditions, mostly – but not exclusively – musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory.
The objectives of Cochrane PRM are: to identify and systematically spread the best available PRM evidence (Cochrane Reviews); to conduct and disseminate PRM 'umbrella reviews'; to focus on relevant PRM topics not yet covered by Cochrane; to improve research methodology in PRM; to increase visibility of EBM activities relevant to PRM and of PRM in other fields of medicine.
Organization of Cochrane PRM: Already there are 69 PRM specialists and professionals from 29 countries committed to the initiative. Consequently, Cochrane PRM has been planned as a network rather than a single group – spreading responsibilities, focusing on specific functions, diffusing information, and creating possibilities for shared fundraising in different locations. Here we propose a possible organigram (Fig 1) comprising six units, with a specific location in different universities and/or institutes, each with specific responsibilities and human resources.
1. Cochrane PRM reviews database
2. PRM RCT database
3. Methods: to collaborate with Cochrane Methods Groups
4. Education: EBM and systematic reviews production
5. Publication: with scientific journals and editors
6. Communication (newsletter, Twitter etc)
Moreover a specific liaison function with the stakeholders will be developed.
Conclusion: Cochrane PRM is proposed as a network of units in different locations having strict connections with PRM stakeholders giving support to this effort. Cochrane PRM will be presented for approval before the Seoul Colloquium.