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WHO hosts consultation on guidelines for medical rehabilitation

25 October 2005

From 24-25 October 2005 WHO hosted the first in what will be a series of consultations on the development of guidelines for medical rehabilitation. Since the last WHO technical report on Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation in 1981, many significant changes have occurred across the world in these fields. Medical rehabilitation has not been discussed formally for many years, and the process to develop guidelines will contribute to supporting Member States and national and local health professionals to develop and strengthen these services. Twenty-six participants attended the consultation representing UN agencies and governmental, nongovernmental and disabled people's organizations. The objectives of the meeting were to develop a draft outline for the Medical Rehabilitation Guidelines and determine a process for moving forward. The draft outline includes five key elements relating to data and research, prevention, medical management, assistive technology and health promotion.

Related Links

Report of the WHO Expert Committee on Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation - 1981

Report of the WHO Expert Committee on Medical Rehabilitation - 1969