• Rehabilitation and Palliative Medicine

Rehabilitation and palliative medicine RPM-01-2023

Scientific and practical journal
  • ISSN 2415-8542 (Online)
    ISSN 2415-8534 (Print)

  • DOI:
  • 10.15574/RPM
  • Circulation -
  • 4000
  • Format of the edition -
  • 290x210 mm
  • Frequency -
  • 6 issues a year

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The journal “Rehabilitation and Palliative Medicine” is published since 2015. Edition of the journal is carried out jointly with Ukrainian Public Organization "Ukrainian Palliative and Hospice Care League” and National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education by P.L. Shupyk. The information shared by the journal harmonically combines contemporary organizational and methodological forms, methods and technologies designed to facilitate living condition of patients, and contributes to the consolidation of health care providers and the public addressing health care issues. In addition, the journal provides professional and legal support to specialists engaged in the field of medical and social rehabilitation and palliative care.


This journal is included in the SAC of Ukraine (State Attestation/ Certification Commission) list as a specialized scientific edition for publication of the original research results by authors prior to be awarded the advanced academic degrees (PhD, Doctor of Medical Sciences) 


In the process of registration at the Institute for Information Recording of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, under registration in Ukrainian abstract dat abase (Україніка наукова). Articles of the journal are assigned digital object identifier (DOI) at CrossRef


Dissemination of information on actual issues in palliative medicine in medical and public communities, that relates to contemporary issues of national health care; realization and development of an integrated cross-sectoral assistance to seriously ill patients.


Head Editor 
Knyazevych V.M. – doctor of medicine, professor, chairman of Ukrainian public organization”Ukrainian League to promote palliative and hospice care”, head of the department of Public Health Care Management of National academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine 
Deputy Editor 
Moiseyenko R.O. – doctor of medicine, professor, head of the department of Pediatric Neurology and Medical Social Rehabilitation of National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education by P.L.Shupik, deputy chairman of Ukrainian public organization”Ukrainian League to promote palliative and hospice care”, Honoured Doctor of Ukraine. 
Scientific Editor 
Hubskyy Yu.I. – doctor of medicine, professor, corresponding member National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, head of the department of palliative and hospice medicine of National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education by P.L.Shupik, deputy chairman of Ukrainian public organization”Ukrainian League to promote palliative and hospice care”, Honoured Doctor of Ukraine. 
Executive secretary 
Tsarenko A.V. – PhD, associate professor of the department of palliative and hospice medicine of National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education by P.L.Shupik 
Project director 
Bakhtiyarova D.O 
General director of the Group of companies MedExpert, LLC 
Publishing editor 
Sheyko I.O. 
Design editor 
Molodka T.K.

Editorial Board 
Antypkin Yu.H (Kyiv) 
Voronenko Yu.V. (Kyiv) 
Hrechanina O.Ya. (Kharkiv) 
Hubenko I.Ya (Cherkasy) 
Detsyk O.Z. (Ivano-Frankivsk) 
Donskaya S.B. (Kyiv) 
Kolesnik O.O. (Kyiv) 
Kolupayeva A.A. (Kyiv) 
Lisnyy I.I. (Kyiv) 
Martynyuk V.Yu. (Kyiv) 
Matyukha L.F. (Kyiv) 
Mishchenko T.S. (Kyiv) 
Pinchuk I.Ya. (Kyiv) 
Riga O.O. (Kharkiv) 
Sluhotska I.V. (Ivano-Frankivsk) 
Priest Ihor Boyko (Lviv) 
Editorial council 
Babov K.D. (Odesa) 
Boltivets S.I. (Kyiv) 
Vaynylovych (Belarussia) 
Hoyda N.H. (Kyiv) 
Hlumcher F.S. (Kyiv) 
Нubertus fon Foss (Germany) 
Hlushko L.V. (Ivano-Frankivsk) 
Kozyavkin V.I. (Kyiv) 
Korzh O.M. (Kyiv) 
Maksymenko S.D. (Kyiv) 
Misyak S.A. (Kyiv) 
Myasoyedov S.D. (Kyiv) 
Miklosh Lukash (Hungary) 
Netyazhenko V.Z. (Kyiv) 
Omelchenko L.I. (Kyiv) 
Palchyk A.B. (Russia) 
Semyhina T.V. (Kyiv) 
Stadnyuk L.A. (Kyiv) 
Khrystyna de Valden-Halushko (Poland) 
Khuseynov Z.Kh. (Tadzhykystan) 
Tsialkovska-Ryzh O. (Poland) 
Shafer Yudit (Hungary) 
Shekera O.H. (Kyiv) 
Chaykovska V.V. (Kyiv) 
Cherenko S.O. (Kyiv) 
Yakovenko I.V. (Kyiv) 
Yastremska S.O. (Ternopil)


The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public, supports a greater global exchange of knowledge under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC). Users can read, download, copy and disseminate content for educational and scientifical purposes with the saving of authorship.


The journal is published in Ukrainian, Russian and English languages.

The journal publishes the results of original research, problematic and controversial articles; summeries of workshops, conferences, symposiums and congresses; activities on rehabilitation and palliative medicine; literature reviews, lectures, reviews of books, monographs, textbooks, etc., informs readers about the pharmaceutical novelties and achievements in the field of domestic and foreign innovations.

Every manuscript submitted to the journal is subject to peer-review process (double blinded) by the Editorial Board, considered and recommended by the Scienctific Council of the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education by P.L. Shupyk.

Manuscripts are subject to editing and reduction, if required, without any changes in author style of presentation.

Statements and opinions expressed in such articles are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Editors or Editorial Board of the journal.

Authenticity of the information in the articles, the accuracy of titles, names and citations are the author responsibility as well as plagiarism in submitted manuscripts.


Once a manuscript is submitted for publication as a hard copy by mail, it is registered (date of registration) and is subject to double blind peer review, neither the authors nor the reviewers do not know each other. All submitted manuscripts are assessed by the editor(s) for suitability for the review process. The average time of the reviewing process is 3 weeks.

Manuscripts that are sent for formal review typically go to 2 referees who are appointed by the editorial board. Based on their advice, the editor decides to:

– accept the manuscript, with or without minor revision

– invite the authors to revise the manuscript to address specific concerns before a final decision is reached

– or reject the manuscript, typically on grounds of specialist interest, lack of novelty, insufficient conceptual advance or major technical and/or interpretational problems.

The result of the review is based on the offered recommendations of the reviewers and decision of the editor on publication of the article is final.

In the case of a positive result of the review, the manuscript is sent to the editor for further processing and publication.

If necessary, the manuscript is sent to the author for revision in accordance with the recommendations of the reviewer. Revised manuscript sent for re-review.

In the case of the negative results of the review, the author receives the information that the article is not accepted for publication with motivated refusal. The manuscript is not returned to the author.

Journal editors treat the submitted manuscript and all communication with authors and referees as confidential. Authors must also treat communication with the journal as confidential: correspondence with the journal, reviewers' reports and other confidential material must not be posted on any website or otherwise publicised without prior permission from the editors, whether or not the submission is eventually published.


All articles in the journal are distributed to the main headings:

– Actual topic

– Organization of palliative and rehabilitative care

– Proceedings of conferences

– Discussing the projects



These guidelines complies with the requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) that review best practice and ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of research and other material published in medical journals.
The journal considers manuscripts in the following categories: reports of original research, review articles, case reports, editorials, reviewer commentaries, etc. While preparing a manuscript for journal, authors should determine the manuscript type and then prepare manuscript according to the specific instructions presented below.

General Data
The manuscript should be typed in a Microsoft Word file, single-column format, 1.5-spaced with 2.5 cm margins on left side, 1.0 cm – right side, up and down – 2.0 cm and 12-point type in Times New Roman font. Decimal points should be used in decimals throughout the manuscript. Measurements should be reported using the metric system according to the International System of Units (SI). Illustrations (tables, figures) should be titled, sequentially numbered and presented within the relevant places of the manuscript, and refered to the text.
All abbreviations in the text must be defined the first time they are used (both in the abstract and the main text), and the abbreviations should be displayed in parentheses after the definition. Authors should avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract and limit their use in the main text.
Manuscripts for publication are accepted either in Ukrainian, Russian or English languages from any country. Abstracts are published in three languages (Ukrainian, Russian and English). The journal does not provide translation and editing articles in English; low-quality written articles in English are not published. The English article submitted by foreign and Ukrainian authors are published without translation in Ukrainian. 

Article Types
Identification of article type is the first step of manuscript submission because article type dictates the guidelines that should be used (see below), including formatting and page limits of the manuscript. The main categories of article type are outlined below:

Original articles contains substantial novel research. These articles can include randomized controlled trials, observational (cohort, case-control or cross-sectional) studies, diagnostic accuracy studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, nonrandomized behavioral and public health intervention trials. Manuscript of the original article consists of follow sections: title page, main text, abstracts with key words (Ukrainian, Russian, English), additional information, references.
Title (first) page indicates (up down) Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), article title (capital letters), author names (initials and family name), institutional name, city, country.
The main text should be structured with the following subheadings: introduction (wider context that generated the study and the hypothesis based on the literature datа no older than 5-7 years), objective, materials and methods, results and discussions (presenting the data in text, tables and figures with statistical analysis, interpretation and significance of the findings), conclusions with indications of the future research direction, acknowledgements, conflict of interest, references. The main text should not exceed 8 pages, excluding the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends. There should be a maximum of 30 references.
Last page must contain signatures of all authors, full author’s names, their scientific degree and titles, job position, full institutional mailing addresses, numbers of telephones, ORCID ID, scientific contributions and responsibilities of all authors. Must be indicated the contact person (responding author).
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. Only papers directly related to the article should be cited. Citations should be numbered in alphabetical order. Papers in press and papers already submitted for publication may be included in the list of references but no citation is required for work that is not yet submitted for publication.
Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should be structured with the following subheadings: background, objective, materials and methods, results, conclusions and key words. All titles of headings should be highlighted. The manuscript should contain the abstracts in Ukrainian, Russian and English, self-contained and citation-free. At the end of the abstract, the key words are listed.

Review Article is a comprehensive analysis of specific topics in medicine, which is written by author (s) with extensive experience and publications on the review subjects. All review articles will also undergo peer review prior to acceptance. Review articles must not exceed 12 pages for the main text (excluding references, tables, and figure legends) and 400 words for the abstract. A review article can be signed by no more than 5 authors and can have no more than 50 references.

Case report represents interesting rare cases containing a substantial novel finding. Cases should be unique, representing a diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and having a learning point for the readers. Abstracts of case reports should mainly include information about the case and should be lim ited to a maximum of 250 words. The abstract must begin on a separate page and should be structured with the following subheadings: background, case report and conclusion. The main text of case reports should be structured with the following subheadings: introduction, case report, discussion, and references. Case reports must not exceed 7 pages (excluding references, tables, and figure legends). Case reports can be signed by no more than 5 authors and can have no more than 10 references and 5 figures or tables.
Letter to the Editor must not exceed 7 pages (excluding references). An abstract is not required with this type of manuscripts. A letter can be signed by no more than 4 authors and can have no more than 5 references and 1 figure or table.

Other. Editorials, reviewer commentaries, book reviews, and reports on publication and research ethics are requested by the Editorial Board.

Submission of a manuscript
The manuscript is submitted for publication as a hard copy by mail or via electronic mail pediatr@med-expert.com.ua. The manuscript must be accompanied with the official (cover) letter from the institution where the research was carried out, singed by institutional authorities (research advisor) and sealed, and expert conclusion (publishing expert committee) indicating the possibility for publishing.

Cover letter. The cover letter should include the article title and the full name of the author(s). The in the content of the letter author(s) should briefly summarize why submitted article paper is a valuable addition to the scientific literature and specify the type of article (for example, original article, case report, review article, etc.). The cover letter should also include a statement declaring the absence or presence of a conflict of interest, research studies and preparation of the manuscript were done in accordance with standards of research and publication ethics. Furthermore, there should be a statement that the manuscript has not already been published, accepted or under simultaneous review for publication elsewhere. The journal does not accept multiple submission and duplicate submission even though the previous one was published in a different language.

Expert institutional conclusion for publishing. Each institution where research studies are conducted has expert committee. The main aim of the expert committee is to provide pre-publish review of articles (publishing and ethical standards, approval of institutional ethic committee, confidentiality, innovation of article reports, conflict of interest, etc.). The result of this review is an approval for possibility of publication which is submitted with the cover letter and manuscript.

Components of manuscript
Please note that original articles must contain the following components. Please see below for further details

Title page. Manuscript shoud be numbered from the first to the last page and signed by all authors (including tables and figures). The first page indicates Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), paper title (capital letters), author names (initials and family name), institutional name, city, country.
The title should be brief and informative, of 150 characters or less, convey the essential message of the paper and contain no abbreviations. On the top of the page left side should be posted the signature of institutional authorities (research advisor) certified by the institutional seal.

Abstracts. Original articles, review articles and case reports should include an abstract. The abstract should be written in Ukrainian, English and Russian languages. Abstracts for original articles should be structured with the following subheadings: background, objective, materials and methods, results, conclusions and key words. Abstracts for case reports should be structured with the following subheadings: background, case report, and conclusion. Abstracts for review articles should not be structured. Editorials, letters to the Editor, and commentaries should not contain an abstract.

Introduction. The Introduction should assume that the reader is knowledgeable in the field and should therefore be as brief as possible, but can include a short historical review where desirable. The relevance и significance of the research are highlighted, the goals and objectives of the studies are justified. The introduction is outlining the wider context that generated the study and the hypothesis. Introduction may contain 10-15 references to scientific periodicals which were published for the last 5–7 years.

Materials and methods. This section should contain sufficient detail, so that all experimental procedures can be reproduced, and include references. Methods, however, that have been published in detail elsewhere should not be described in detail. Authors should provide the name of the manufacturer and their location for any specifically named medical equipment and instruments, and all drugs should be identified by their pharmaceutical names, and by their trade name if relevant.
When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures were conducted in accordance with bioethical standards and assessed by the local ethics committee or national bioethics commission. The same applies to researcher involving laboratory animals. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether all necessary procedures were carried out in accordance with national and international standards for the care and use of laboratory animals. All procedures should be described in this section.
For example:  "The research was carried out in accordance with the principles of the Helsinki Declaration. The study protocol was approved by the Local Ethics Committee (LEC) or National Bioethics Committee of all participating institution”, «When carrying out experiments with laboratory animals, all bioethical norms and recommendations were observed»
For articles concerning experimental research on humans, a statement should be included that shows informed consent of patients and volunteers was obtained following a detailed explanation of the procedures that they may undergo.
For example: “The informed consent of the patient was obtained for conducting the studies".

Conclusions. The final paragraph should highlight the main conclusion(s), and provide some indication of the direction future research should take.

Acknowledgements. The authors may express  their gratitude to the people and organizations contributed to the article  to be published in the journal, but not being the authors. Should include sources of support including sponsorship (e.g. university, charity, commercial organization) and sources of material (e.g. novel drugs) not available commercially.

Conflict of Interest. Authors must declare whether or not there are any competing financial interests in relation to the work described. This information must be included at this stage and will be published as part of the paper. Conflict of interest should also be noted on the cover letter and as part of the submission process. Declaration of the conflict of interest is obligatory
Example: “The authors declare they have no conflict of interest”

References. Authors are encouraged to cite primary literature rather than review articles in order to give credit to those who have performed the original work. Reference listings must be in accordance with ICMJE standards and numbered at the end of the manuscript in the alphabetic order. While citing publications, preference should be given to the latest, most up to date publications. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. In the main text of the manuscript, references should be cited using Arabic numbers in square brackets. The reference style of publications are presented in the following example:

Reference to an article from journal:

Author AA, Author BB, Author CC. (2005). Title of the article. Title of Journal. 10(2);3:49-53.

Reference to a book:

Author AA, Author BB, Author CC. (2006). Titile of the book. Kyiv: MedEspert: 256.


Tables. The tables must have the heading and the serial number. The notes on the table are placed straight under the table. All tables should be referred to within the main text and they should be numbered consecutively in the order they are referred to within the main text. A descriptive title should be provided for all tables and the titles should be placed above the tables. Tables should be presented within the main document after the reference list. Reference to table footnotes should be made by means of Arabic numerals. Tables should not duplicate the content of the text. They should consist of at least two columns; columns should always have headings. Authors should ensure that the data in the tables are consistent with those cited in the relevant places in the text, totals add up correctly, and percentages have been calculated correctly. Unlike figures or images, tables may be embedded into the word processing software if necessary, or supplied as separate electronic files.

Figures. The number of illustrations (figures, diagrams, Ысуьы ) should be minimal. Illustrations (graphics, figures and schemes) are built in Word or Excel programs, photos should be saved in one of the following formats: PDF, TIFF, PSD, EPS, AI, CDR, QXD, INDD, JPG (150-600 dpi). Tables and figures are placed in the text of the article immediately after the first mentioned. In the caption to the figure its name is given, and explanation of all the conventional symbols (numbers, letters, curves, etc.). Tables should be compact, numbered, and named. The table numbers, their headings and digital data processed statistically must exactly match the ones given in the text


articles are assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) 
submission of articles are free of charge; 
publication of articles either on Ukrainian, English or Russian languages; 
journal are made freely available in electronic ver sion (open access ); 
time between submission and publication made up 2-3 weeks 
circulation of journal – 6 issues a year; 
possibility of electronic submission of articles through convenient website; 
compliance of printed and electronic version of articles with international standards of excellent; 
attention, concern and communication to authors from publisher staff 


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