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What is rehabilitation medicine?


Rehabilitation medicine is a medical- and humanistic discipline, whose main aim is to build a bridge back to a meaningful life for the patient after an injury or a disease. Interventions that are used within rehabilitation medicine have relevance for all kind of physical injuries and diseases leading to prolonged activity limitations experienced as significant by the patient. The existence of great needs for rehabilitation interventions has been recognized for people with injuries and diseases in the central and peripheral nervous system and in patients with chronic pain conditions.

A bio-psycho-social approach is prevailing within rehabilitation medicine. This implies a holistic view of the patient, the family and his/her greater social networks. The interventions will therefore be person-centered and individualized, taking the goals and wishes of the patient as the starting point. The work methodology is characterized by the integration of several professional competencies working as a team around and together with the affected individual and their families, using coordinated medical, physical, psychological and social measures. Rehabilitation medicine has intersections with several other medical and behavioral science disciplines.

In rehabilitation medicine, the human being is defined as a free and independently acting individual where the active actions are subordinates of the goals he/she has. If the person reaches his/her goals, life is regarded as meaningful.

Page Manager: Katinka Almrén|Last update: 9/11/2015
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