#OTalk Research – Tuesday 5th October 2021 – How can we use new research to address the unmet need for rehabilitation in people with long-term conditions?

This week’s chat will be co-hosted by @NIHRevidence and @lindsaybearne a Senior Research Fellow in Knowledge Mobilisation at the  NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination, . 

In 2017, WHO launched the Rehabilitation 2030 initiative, which laid out the increased need for rehabilitation due to an ageing population and increasing incidence of people with multiple long term conditions. They urged governments to improve their rehabilitation offerings. 

However, since the COVID pandemic,  rehabilitation services have decreased. This has affected people with long-term conditions, diminishing their health and wellbeing.  A group of charities and professional bodies have teamed up (called the Community Rehabilitation Alliance) and, together, they have called for a new national strategy for rehabilitation

We, at NIHR Evidence, have  collated some of the evidence on innovative approaches to rehabilitation for people with long-term conditions that have been published as NIHR Alerts. Our Collection, authored by Professor Lindsay Bearne, explores some new ways  to deliver rehabilitation effectively and cost-effectively. It  includes studies exploring telerehabilitation, workforce innovations by involving other staff members, and novel training for professionals. The Collection argues that implementing new research will enable us to ‘Move forward stronger’ to address the unmet need for rehabilitation. 

Why not join this week’s #OTalk to share your thoughts on how we can draw on new research to optimise rehabilitation delivery for people with long-term conditions. And discuss how innovative approaches could meet the needs of individuals in an effective and cost-effective way. 

The questions

In the #OTalk discussion we will use the following questions to structure the discussion but please feel free to join in with other questions and perspectives:

  • What are the key challenges to delivering person-centred rehabilitation? 
  • How can new ways of working, such as training non-specialist staff or telerehabilitation, help address the unmet need? 
  • What research is needed to help improve rehabilitation services? 
  • What do you think governments and policy makers need to do to address the unmet need for rehabilitation?
  • How do you access rehabilitation research evidence? 



Host:  @NIHRevidence and @lindsaybearne  Support on OTalk Account: @Preston_jenny
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