Disability and rehabilitation

Guidelines on health-related rehabilitation initiated

WHO is pleased to announce that six international research organizations have been selected and have commenced work to identify and analyse evidence to inform the first ever global Guidelines on health-related rehabilitation.

The guidelines will support the implementation of the rehabilitation aspects of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the recommendations contained in the outcome document of the United Nations General Assembly’s High Level Meeting on Disability and Development.

They will provide guidance to governments and other relevant actors on how to develop, expand and improve the quality of rehabilitation services in all settings, but particularly less-resourced settings, in line with the recommendations in the WHO-World Bank World report on disability, notably the integration and decentralization of rehabilitation services within the health system.

The following teams have been selected and have commenced work on the key components of the guidelines which are based on the building blocks of the WHO health systems strengthening framework:

  • Trinity College Dublin: Leadership and Governance, and Rehabilitation Workforce
  • University of Washington: Service Delivery (general) and Assistive Technology
  • University of Toronto: Service Delivery (systematic reviews)
  • John Hopkins University: Financing (general)
  • University of East Anglia: Financing (systematic reviews)
  • University of Queensland: Information Systems

Research is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014. WHO’s Guideline Development Group will then meet to evaluate the research findings and develop evidence-based recommendations to inform the guidelines.

Enquiries should be directed to Alana Officer at officera@who.int.