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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76

ISPRM conferences should also be a winning and promising experience for all professionals in international rehabilitation research


1 Rehabilitation Sciences,Rehabilitation Services Research, School of Public Health, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
2 Department of Medicine, Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
3 Centre for Person Centred Research, School of Clinical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Date of Web Publication22-May-2019

Correspondence Address:
Thorsten Meyer
Rehabilitation Sciences,Rehabilitation Services Research, School of Public Health, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
Germany
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DOI: 10.4103/jisprm.jisprm_43_19

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Meyer T, Levack W, Kayes N. ISPRM conferences should also be a winning and promising experience for all professionals in international rehabilitation research. J Int Soc Phys Rehabil Med 2019;2:76

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Meyer T, Levack W, Kayes N. ISPRM conferences should also be a winning and promising experience for all professionals in international rehabilitation research. J Int Soc Phys Rehabil Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Jun 13];2:76. Available from: https://www.jisprm.org/text.asp?2019/2/1/76/258768



Sir,

As participants of the ISPRM conference 2018 in Paris, we share the view that the conference was a success for the promotion of physical and rehabilitation medicine (PRM) worldwide.[1] It has attracted a huge number of interested colleagues and certainly helped to develop a stronger identity of PRM on an international level. Thus, it has really served as a worldwide focal point of the PRM profession.

We, as nonmedical researchers, would like to encourage ISPRM to open up the yearly world conference. In fact, there is no forum of rehabilitation research worldwide, in which all relevant rehabilitation professions and sciences find a place for presentation and discussion. We share the official mission of the ISPRM to “optimize functioning and health-related quality of life and minimize disability in persons with disability and/or medical problems throughout the world.” We also share the ISPRM's view that they will achieve this by “enabling physicians and researchers active in physical and rehabilitation medicine to develop and apply optimal care.[2]

There is an opportunity for the world conference to become such a forum. In fact, the Berlin conference was headed in this direction, but did not find successors. In Paris, results of studies from researchers of nonmedical professions were hardly visible. Sessions were set up to primarily reach a physician's audience, not really other professions. Social sciences research methods, as part of the rehabilitation research agenda, were hardly represented. The ISPRM conference could take the leadership in a worldwide effort to join rehabilitation research forces. There is a timely opportunity for this.



 
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Laffont I, Lains J, Frontera W, Yelnik A, Thevenon A. ISPRM-France 2018: A winning and very promising experience. J Int Soc Phys Rehabil Med 2018;1:2-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
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ISPRM. International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) Statutes; 2018. Available from: http://www.isprm.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Statutes-Version-approved-July-2018.pdf. [Last accessed on 2019 Jan 15].  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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