How can we use new research to address the unmet need for rehabilitation for people with LTC 13th Sep

Our next #physiotalk tweetchat is on Monday 13th September at 8pm BST. The guest hosts are Lindsay Bearne and Martha Powell from @NIHRevidence

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, as discussed in a previous #physiotalk. This has affected people with long-term conditions, diminishing their health and wellbeing. Earlier this year, several organisations published a national call to action on rehabilitation services. We, at NIHR Evidence, are now trying to support this call to action by collating some of the evidence on innovative approaches to rehabilitation for people with long-term conditions.

We would like to host a discussion focusing on how we can draw on new research to optimise rehabilitation delivery for people with long-term conditions and how innovative approaches could meet the needs of individuals in an effective and cost-effective way. In addition, we’d like to ask people what part new research and evidence plays in their day-to-day roles, and how they think it could be used to improve rehabilitation services.

Chat questions

● What are the key challenges to delivering person-centred rehabilitation?
● What do you think needs to change to deliver person-centred rehabilitation in an effective and cost-effective way?
● How can new ways of working, such as training non-specialist staff or telerehabilitation, help address the unmet need?
● What is your experience of delivering innovative rehabilitation approaches?
● 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?


NIHR Evidence Collection on innovative approaches to rehabilitation
Moving forward stronger:Addressing deterioration in people with long-term conditions during the pandemic
WHO Rehabilitation 2030

Our guest hosts

Lindsay is a Professor of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at the Centre for Applied Health and Social Care Research, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. She is also a Senior Research Fellow in Knowledge Mobilisation at the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination. As part of this role, she has recently authored an NIHR Evidence collection looking at how the findings from new NIHR research could be used to optimise rehabilitation services.

Martha is Communications and Marketing Manager at the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination. She has previously hosted Twitter chats to raise awareness around specific conditions and to promote discussion around new pieces of research.

Chat transcript

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