Rehabilitation Matters

All about rehabilitation. About all rehabilitation
Whatever you want to know, whoever you are:
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Twitter: @rehabil31319128

Welcome to the site, which 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.

About this site

This site focuses upon rehabilitation as a body of professional expertise, separate from and additional to other professional expertise. The site is relevant to all healthcare (and other) professions that engage in rehabilitation. It is also relevant to one non-professional group – the patient, their family, and their friends – and to any interested member of the public. Its goal is to promote the formation of a body or organisation that represents rehabilitation as an area of expertise. More information, including about governance and values, can be found here.

Clinical content – what is rehabilitation?

These pages answer the question, what is rehabilitation? They describe the process of rehabilitation in some detail, (here) but they also describe the context in which this process occurs – the biopsychosocial model of illness. (here). At present, the site has little about specific treatments such as retraining walking in people after stroke or amputation of a leg.

Academic content – education, training, research

There is a major focus on training in rehabilitation. It discusses matters such as what specific rehabilitation knowledge and skills are needed by someone from any profession who wishes to gain expertise in rehabilitation. Much of the content draws on my experience in developing a curriculum and syllabus for doctors training in rehabilitation, and there is a specific part devoted to medical training (here). This focus reflects the current situation; only doctors have specific training in rehabilitation. The content introduces concepts such as entrustability, competence, and capabilities in practice also covered in blog posts. There is a small part on research, including a feed from the Clinical Rehabilitation Twitter account which highlights 4-6 new papers a week. (here)

Blog posts – eight categories, broad scope

There are many blog posts on the site, and they cover anything that I am interested in or that I think others should know about. The six most recent blogs are shown at the bottom of this page. you can also go to a page that gives more details here. You can subscribe to the blogs at the right of the page.

Patient and public

I hope that most content can be understood by anyone, but I am sure that not everything is well explained without using jargon. There is, therefore, also a section specifically covering what patients and members of the public might wish to know. This includes a totally different explanation of, what is rehabilitation? (here) It covers patient experience too. (here)

Information – a compendium

The last general category of pages relates to information. This site can never hope to include all information! It will, slowly, accumulate links to other useful sites, and a compendium of terms that need explanation. It is, and always will be work in progress! the compendium can be seen here.

A growing site – some recent changes
This site was born on November 9th, 2020, and today (November 27th, 2021) it has 102 pages and 65 blog posts. It will continue to grow and change as I learn how to set up and design a site (slowly). The history can be seen here.

November 17th, 2021
Further developments, slowly. But, first, some posts worth looking at (well, I would say that, wouldn’t I!). Anyone working with a trainee doctor as a colleague might like to read about how they are assessed at the end of their training, using a concept known as entrustmenthere. I was disappointed that my blog post about the possible lack of holism in some areas of rehabilitation services and how it arises has generated little interest or disagreement; you can read it here. I continue to look at the wider practice of rehabilitation, being surprised by rehabilitation psychiatry. The NICE (National Institute of Health and Social Care Excellence) definition of rehabilitation psychiatry applies to all rehabilitation – here. I am now wondering where to move my attention to next! Any suggestions are welcome (use button at the bottom).

November 15th, 2021
Now over one year old, and it does feel like growing up. I have learned so much about setting up and running a website – and so much more about rehabilitation. Why, or how? Because a blog post gives one the opportunity to write and publish ideas without delays inherent in journal articles. My current focus is on developing rehabilitation in the UK. There are blogs concerned with the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, and about different types of teamwork. (here) I have added a new category for blog posts – popular posts. (here) The pages on the site are reviewing the many areas of healthcare undertaking, or involved in rehabilitation. The BSRM could treble its size tomorrow if it put its mind to it, and recruited 10% of the doctors and other professions engaged in rehabilitation. We need a National Rehabilitation Community. (here)

Six recent blog posts

Assessing Entrustment in Rehabilitation.
Trust is central to all healthcare. A patient trusts the doctor’s diagnosis and recommendations. The …
Rehabilitation is holistic, or is it?
Rehabilitation usually promotes itself as holistic, considering the patient as a whole and being patient-centred. …
Whither the BS(P)RM?
The British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, the BSRM, is changing. The proposal to change its …
Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary, or Transdisciplinary?
Teams use many different words to describe themselves. A team recently asked me to help …
BSRM name change discussion
This blog post updates the BSRM debate on its name and whether we should change …
Why are research papers rejected?
Clinical Rehabilitation, the journal I have edited from 1994 to 2021, rejects about 88% of …

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