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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2017 February;53(1):1-6

DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.04657-3

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Physical and rehabilitation medicine: responding to health needs from individual care to service provision

Christoph GUTENBRUNNER, Boya NUGRAHA

Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany


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The increasing prevalence of disability worldwide is a big challenge for society and for health systems. It leads to an increase of unmet needs for rehabilitation worldwide, particularly in low and middle-income countries. In order to support and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No 3, in early February 2017, the World Health Organization will hold a meeting which is called “Rehabilitation 2030: A call for action”. Physical rehabilitation medicine (PRM) is challenged to contribute to this project, including implementing rehabilitation at all levels of health care systems. This article describes the role of PRM to contribute significantly for this purpose.


KEY WORDS: World Health Organization - Physical and rehabilitation medicine - Rehabilitation - Delivery of health care - Disability evaluation

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