Providing research evidence for WHO guideline on rehabilitation services

Reasons for the study

According to 2011 data, one in seven people around the world live with a disability, 80 per cent in low- to middle-income countries where rehabilitation services are wanting or even non-existent. Unmet needs for rehabilitation services can affect people with disabilities in a number of ways, potentially leading to a deterioration in general health status, activity limitations, participation restrictions and reduced quality of life. That’s why strengthening rehabilitation is emerging as a key challenge facing health systems in the 21st century, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This project synthesized the research evidence on a host of questions to support the WHO in establishing guidelines on rehabilitation services.

Objectives of the study

  • To determine what service-provision models work for different health conditions/resource settings/phases to ensure the delivery of rehabilitation services
  • To determine what types of assessment tools can be used to ensure individuals’ rehabilitation needs are adequately identified

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Project status

Completed 2017

Research team

  • Andrea Furlan, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
  • Dorcas Beaton, Institute for Work & Health
  • Cynthia Chen, Institute for Work & Health
  • Mary Cicinelli, Institute for Work & Health
  • Jocelyn Dollack, Institute for Work & Health
  • Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
  • Carol Kennedy-Yee, Institute for Work & Health
  • Claire Munhall, Institute for Work & Health
  • Mark Bayley, University of Toronto
  • Rohit Bhide, University of Toronto
  • Alicia Costante, University of Toronto
  • C Borkhoff, University of Toronto
  • Shivang Danak, University of Toronto
  • John Flannery, University of Toronto
  • Laura Fullerton, University of Toronto
  • Stanislav Marchenko, University of Toronto
  • M Sachdeva, University of Toronto
  • Gaetan Tardif, University of Toronto
  • Judy David, Christian Medical College Hospital
  • Robert McMaster, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Mario Giraldo-Prieto, Hospital Universitario San Vicente Fundación
  • Quenby Mahood, Institute for Work & Health

Participating organizations

Toronto Institute of Rehabilitation
University of Sao Paulo - Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Toronto
World Health Organization

Funded by

World Health Organization