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More flexible commissioning will improve provision of rehabilitation services, says expert group

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 26 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6804
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

More flexible arrangements are needed to ensure that patients at risk of long term disability receive the packages of medical rehabilitation services that can optimise their recovery, a UK report has recommended.

An expert group from the Royal College of Physicians and the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, including health professionals and patients, reviewed evidence on rehabilitation services.

On the basis of their findings they have revised the definitions of rehabilitation medicine in line with current practice and expected technological advances. Rehabilitation and disability management are seen as two …

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