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Can we significantly improve rehabilitation outcomes?
Yes, we can!

Is it by using novel therapies or as a result of changing trends in rehabilitation?
Critical analysis of these issues, suggestions, and discussions, in the special session of Dr. Dianne Michaeli and Prof. Amiram Catz, at the 2020 ISPRM annual meeting:


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Join our special session:

Sunday, March 8

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Current Trends in Rehabilitation Medicine

Critical analysis of current trends in rehabilitation medicine:

Fundamental concepts, approaches to outcome assessment, and evaluation of innovation


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Amiram Catz, MD, PhD 
Clinical Professor
Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital

Raanana, Israel


Dianne Michaeli, MD

Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital

Raanana, Israel

This special session has been assigned to the "Administration" track, but it is also relevant for clinical assessment, clinical decision making, evaluation of academic publications, and interpretation of research outcomes.


It is essential for all those who are interested in improving rehabilitation outcomes: physiatrists, researchers, residents, medical students, medical administrative directors, and public figures.

Rehabilitation medicine has expanded the horizon of medicine and brought about new human achievements. The presenters at this session will recommend several changes in customary trends for rehabilitation medicine to follow a path of continued improvement:

  • Prolonged survival should be treated as a main rehabilitation goal, contrary to the opinions of most authors on rehabilitation. This can add years to the lives of those who need rehabilitation.

  • To further improve functioning, rehabilitation should aim at achieving maximum ability realization, rather than independence, any functioning, or prior functioning.

  • To improve patient satisfaction, rehabilitation goals should be set based on their benefit for the patient, not for the caregiver or the insurer.

  • To enhance all patient-oriented outcomes, training should focus on tasks that contribute primarily to the patients' overall functioning and conform to the patients' desires, rather than on any task that reduces the burden of care.

  • To improve the outcomes and efficiency of a rehabilitation ward, the main criterion for admission to the ward should be its expected advantage over other facilities in prolonging patient survival and maximizing ability realization.


To examine the possibility that novel therapies, such as those for spinal cord recovery, will maximize rehabilitation outcomes, a careful analysis of recent publications on such therapies has been conducted. It will be presented in the special session of Dr. Dianne Michaeli and Prof. Amiram Catz, at the 2020 ISPRM annual meeting, together with other options for improving outcomes, and a method for measuring ability realization.

Join this session to hear challenging ideas and voice your opinions on these important issues! 


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