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HOW can Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine help?

Creating miracles is the work of doctors who specialize in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.  The care we provide and the teams we mobilize can realize the dreams of children who never thought they could walk, younger people whose injuries seemed to have dashed their dreams, and older people whose frailty seems to make dreams impossible.  Whether it is a stroke, back pain, birth disability, war amputation, paraplegia due to motor vehicle or labour accidents or dozens of other disabling diseases, we are proud of what we do for our society.

Our colleagues at the World Health Organization estimate that only 1-2% of persons with disability in the world receive rehabilitation medicine services.  If that number is ever going to change, it will be because of the strength of ISPRM on the world stage.  Important projects include:

  • Dissemination of modern rehabilitation information to doctors around the world by sponsoring our News and Views newsletter or our website.
  • Building the strength of the organization by supporting personnel at the world headquarters
  • Supporting our web-based training program for doctors who cannot travel to train in all aspects of rehabilitation.
  • Sponsoring a doctor or student on an international learning experience through Operation Global Goniometry (www.isprm-edu.org)
  • Supporting a myriad of other projects ranging from scientific research on disease and disability to advocacy and partnership with professional colleagues and persons who have disability.

How can you help?

To influence rehabilitation policies and activities of international organizations interested in the analysis of functional capacity and improvement of the individual quality of life.

To help national professional organizations to influence national and local governments on issues related to the field of medical rehabilitation.

To encourage and support the development of a comprehensive medical specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine.

To develop appropriate models for physician training and, therefore, involvement and participation in the medical rehabilitation process ensuring that their level of training is optimal for the required community needs.

To encourage a wide interest of physical and rehabilitation medicine in all physicians.

To provide means to facilitate research activities and communication at the international level.

To provide mechanisms to facilitate international exchange regarding different aspects of rehabilitation including disseminating information regarding rehabilitation related meetings.