All about rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Matters

About all rehabilitation

Welcome to Rehabilitation Matters,
the site for everyone interested in rehabilitation.

This site is unashamedly evangelical about rehabilitation, its importance to patients and their families, its never-ending fascination, and its intellectual and emotional challenges. It is a personal website, expressing a personal view of rehabilitation. The view is based on over 40 years of experience, research, writing and, most of all, thinking. It is, I hope, based on evidence; it is, I hope, not afraid to challenge orthodox beliefs where they need challenging; and it is, I hope, informative.

What is here?

This site covers any topic relevant to rehabilitation from any perspective – patient, friend or relative, professional, purchaser, researcher, or someone who is just interested.

At present, in November 2022, it covers what rehabilitation is, training and education, the patient’s viewpoint, rehabilitation in the UK, and a blog which covers everything else!

What is new?

November 18th 2022
I have published a page discussing the syllabus to become a rehabilitation expert and a page on the first competency in the Rehabilitation Medicine syllabus. I have also published a post on Wisdom in Rehabilitation which is based on a PhD thesis about phronesis in General Practitioners. (see post for more about phronesis)

A brief overview

As the strapline says, this site is all about rehabilitation and about all rehabilitation. I do not know of other sites centred on rehabilitation itself. Academic journals such as Clinical Rehabilitation (which I edited) and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation publish short articles about specific topics. Sites such as the British Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine or the Society for Research in Rehabilitation have a particular focus (medical aspects or research). Textbooks such as the Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine rarely discuss rehabilitation, only having chapters on topics.

This site is for everyone curious about or interested in rehabilitation, from experts to people knowing nothing, from rehabilitation professionals through other healthcare workers to politicians, patients, and the public, from those who pay to those who provide. This site is interested in all types of healthcare rehabilitation regardless of age, setting, or condition. It will touch on all aspects.

The content will inevitably reflect my philosophy and approach. I have recently written about this. I believe rehabilitation must be centred on the person, always consider longer-term social goals, and that rehabilitation professionals need to develop wisdom, which is the best way to respond to the many uncertainties and complexities associated with many of our patients. We must remain humane and remember that patients are people, just like us.

Your input is welcome.

This website’s goal is to improve rehabilitation generally, and particularly in the UK. I cannot know what you were looking for or would like to see. Please use the feedback button in the footer to contact me suggesting new areas that might be of interest and commenting on what you read. I intend to reply to all comments and feedback and to change or add material where possible. I am specially interested in receiving contributions suggestion what you, the reader, offer to the rehabilitation as a professional, patient, family member or person. There is a category of blog post, “What do we add”. Any contribution is welcome and will acknowledge the author(s).

Six recent blog posts

Wisdom in rehabilitation

In May 2021, Dr Sabena Yasmin Jameel published her University of Birmingham PhD thesis on Enacting Phronesis in General Practitioners. John Launer wrote about it on November 2nd, and I saw a

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2021 Rehabilitation Curriculum

The new, significantly changed, and improved 2021 Rehabilitation Curriculum for training doctors in rehabilitation became active on August 1st 2021. This page introduces the new curriculum and its associated documents. In the

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Rehabilitation thinking

“Rehabilitation is a way of thinking, not a way of doing.” I have written two editorials extolling this approach, but I have recently realised that I have not explained the specific “way

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Community Rehabilitation

In 1980 I started a three-year project, a large (n = 700+) controlled clinical trial investigating whether a community stroke rehabilitation team would reduce the use of hospital resources. My results found

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Frailty and rehabilitation

Is frailty a helpful concept within the rehabilitation context? I asked myself this question after seeing a recent paper on people with multiple sclerosis that concluded that there was “a significant relationship

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