The world report on disability: A challenge for rehabilitation medicine

Matthias Bethge*, Per Von Groote, Alessandro Giustini, Christoph Gutenbrunner

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Abstract: To analyze the life situation of people with disabilities and to summarize the evidence of measures to support their participation, the World Health Assembly requested the World Health Organization to produce a World Report on Disability. This article highlights some of the main contents of the World Report on Disability, with a special focus on the rehabilitation chapter. It starts by presenting epidemiologic findings on the global disability prevalence, views on the role of rehabilitation medicine, discrepancies between met and unmet needs, and challenges for the quality of rehabilitation services and ends with an outlook on the report's recommendations and efforts toward their implementation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number1 SUPPL.1
Pages (from-to)S4-S11
Publication statusPublished - 01.2014


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