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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2017 October;53(5):802-11

DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.04864-X

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Evidence based position paper on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) professional practice for ageing people with disabilities. The European PRM position (UEMS PRM Section)

Aydan ORAL 1 , Christina-Anastasia RAPIDI 2, Jiri VOTAVA 3, Nikolaos ROUSSOS 4, Xanthi MICHAIL 5, Jolanta KUJAWA 6, Stefano NEGRINI 7, 8, Enrique VARELA DONOSO 9, Nicolas CHRISTODOULOU 10, 11

1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey; 2 Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, “G. Gennimatas” General Hospital, Athens, Greece; 3 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Health Studies, University of J. E. Purkyne, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic; 4 Asklipeion General Hospital, Athens, Greece; 5 European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (President), Greece; 6 Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland; 7 Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy; 8 IRCCS Fondazione Don Gnocchi, Milan, Italy; 9 Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Department, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain; 10 Medical School, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus; 11 UEMS PRM Section President



Ageing people with disabilities (APwDs) are faced with challenges of ageing which is straightforwardly related to disability that adds to the burden related to their early-onset disability. The aim of the paper is to improve Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) physicians’ professional practice for APwDs (as a distinct group from those who are disabled due to the ageing process) in order to promote their functioning properties and to reduce activity limitations and/or participation restrictions. A systematic review of the literature and a Consensus procedure by means of a Delphi process have been performed involving the delegates of all European countries represented in the UEMS PRM Section. The systematic literature review is reported together with the 30 recommendations resulting from the Delphi procedure. The professional role of PRM physicians in relation to APwDs is extending, expanding and/or improving health-related rehabilitation services worldwide in various settings (getting beyond the rehabilitation facilities) emphasizing the concept of integrated care with collaboration across other sectors to meet the specific needs of APwDs. This evidence based position paper (EBPP) represents the official position of the European Union through the UEMS PRM Section and designates the professional role of PRM physicians in APwDs.


KEY WORDS: Aging - Disability - Disabled persons - Rehabilitation - Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

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