Clinical Epidemiology Unit – Gianola, Silvia


Silvia Gianola received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy at University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan in 2007, consequently she completed a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders of Savona at the University of Genova spending a training period as Erasmus program at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussel (Belgium) discussing her master thesis in musculoskeletal therapy. Since there she collaborate with the University of Genoa as clinical assistant in the Master of Musculoskeletal Disorders of Savona.
In 2012 she attended a Master of Science Degree in Health Professional Science of rehabilitation at the University of Milano. She is now conducting a PhD program in Public Health at University of Milano-Bicocca in Monza (2013 – 2017). She took part to two advanced course on Systematic reviews and meta-analysis for the production of guidelines evidence-based methodology Cochrane in 2013 and Clinical research: guidelines for clinical practise in 2017 at the University of Milano. During these courses she was trained in knowledge transfer and methodology of trials, systematic reviews and guidelines. She is mostly interested in scientific research related to interventions on physiotherapy and musculoskeletal disorders. She is working as researcher at the Unit of Clinical Epidemiology focusing on the following research topic: systematic reviews, meta-epidemiology research and clinical trials with gait analysis and virtual reality rehabilitation.



Gianola S, Gasparini M, Agostini M, Castellini G, Corbetta D, Gozzer P, Li LC, Sirtori V, Taricco M, Tetzlaff JM, Turolla A, Moher D, Moja L. Survey of the reporting characteristics of systematic reviews in rehabilitation. Phys Ther. 2013 Nov;93(11):1456-66

Gianola S, Pecoraro V, Lambiase S, Gatti R, Banfi G, Moja L. Efficacy of muscle exercise in patients with muscular dystrophy: a systematic review showing a missed opportunity to improve outcomes. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 12;8(6):e65414.

Geri T, Signori A, Gianola S, Rossettini G, Grenat G, Checchia G, Testa M. Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Neck Bournemouth Questionnaire in the Italian population. Qual Life Res. 2015 Mar;24(3):735-45.

Cattrysse E, Gianola S, Provyn S, Van Roy P. Intended and non-intended kinematic effects of atlanto-axial rotational high velocity thrust techniques. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 2015 Feb;30(2):149-52.

Gianola S, Cattrysse E, Provyn S, Van Roy P. Reproducibility of the kinematics in rotational high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust of the upper cervical spine: a cadaveric study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2015 Jan;38(1):51-8.

Monticone M, Ambrosini E, Cedraschi C, Rocca B, Fiorentini R, Restelli M, Gianola S, Ferrante S, Zanoli G, Moja L. Cognitive-behavioural treatment for subacute and chronic neck pain: A Cochrane Review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Oct 1;40(19):1495-504.

Gianola S, Castellini G, Agostini M, Bolotta R, Frigerio P, Gasparini M, Guariento E, Corbetta D, Gozzer P, Li LC, Pecoraro V, Sirtori V, Turolla A, Moja L. Reporting of rehabilitation intervention for low back pain in randomized controlled trials: is the treatment fully replicable? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Mar;41(5):412-8

Gianola S, Frigerio P, Agostini M, Bolotta R, Castellini G, Corbetta D, Gasparini M, Guariento E, Gozzer P, Li LC, Pecoraro V, Sirtori V, Turolla A, Moja L. Completeness of Outcomes Description Reported in Low Back Pain Rehabilitation Interventions: A Survey of 185 Randomized Trials. Physiother Can. 2016;68(3):267-274

Piano L, Maselli F, Viceconti A, Gianola S, Ciuro A. Direct access to physical therapy for the patient with musculoskeletal disorders, a literature review. J Phys Ther Sci. 2017 Aug;29(8):1463-1471. Epub 2017 Aug 10. Review.

Gianola S, Castellini G, Stucovitz E, Nardo A, Banfi G. Single leg squat performance in physically and    non-physically active individuals: a cross-sectional study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Jul 14;18(1):299.