Rehabilitation represents a major area of health care besides prevention, care and support. It can be understood as a process aimed at enabling people with disabilities to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological and social functional levels. Rehabilitation covers broad medical and scientific domains that include many health conditions of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory, uro-gynecological systems, but also oncological and age-related disorders (both pediatric and geriatric). Rehabilitation is cross-sectional, related to all medical activities, that all regularly managed by rehabilitation teams. This clearly means that the specific role of Cochrane Rehabilitation, as Cochrane Field, will be the implementation of evidence based clinical practice in rehabilitation to improve the methods for evidence synthesis making them coherent with the needs of disabled people and complexity of daily clinical practice in rehabilitation.


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