The Hellenic Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) has been recognized in Greece as a basic medical specialty since 1973. Hellenic Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (HSPRM) was founded in 1974 aiming to support clinical practice and develop scientific evidence in the field of rehabilitation. HSPRM is a nonprofit organization responsible for the professional activities of the PRM specialty, as well as for the organization of the education and training in PRM specialty.
Until 1990, the only training departments in PRM were in the two orthopedic hospitals in Athens, and the duration of training was four years. Since 1993, six training centers in PRM in Athens have been recognized by the Ministry of Health, while the duration of training was extended to five years. Since the foundation of the European Board of PRM, the education in PRM in Greece has followed the rules of the European Board of PRM (EB). 
Four PRM training centers have been recognized as EB certified, and more than 120 specialists have successfully participated in the EB exam and have been nominated as EB Fellows.
Today in Greece, there are about 250 physiatrists active members, and about 30 trainees associate members. More than 30 PRM specialists have been involved in scientific research and have been awarded the rank of Ph.D., and around 50 specialists have followed Master of Science studies. Due to the close collaboration of HSPRM with all other medical specialties, many HSPRM members are often invited to give lectures on relevant topics in Congresses organized by different medical specialties or allied health professionals. HSPRM closely collaborates with the Ministry of Health and other health agencies. Selected members participate in official committees of the Ministry of Health for development of the public sector of Rehabilitation throughout all prefectures of Greece.
The decentralized public Rehabilitation Centers, with PRM specialists providing scientific responsibility, are interconnected educationally with the National Rehabilitation Center, while administratively with the respective hospitals. Twenty-five private Rehabilitation Centers also have been developed in many areas of Greece with PRM physicians providing scientific responsibility.
Among the activities of HSPRM are mainly:
a) The study and promotion of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
b) The promotion of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation treatments for the benefit of science, society, and patients.
c) The development, execution, and certification of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and continuing medical education in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
d) Continuous updating and training of doctors of other medical specialties as well as of the allied health professionals (members of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation science, in order for them to be capable to contribute more effectively in the early and proper recovery of patients.
e) The contribution to raising awareness of the public and the medical world about the socioeconomic significance of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Every two years, the Panhellenic PRM Congress is organized, while each year many conferences or workshops are held under the auspices of HSPRM.
A Memorandum of Understanding between Cochrane rehabilitation and HSPRM was signed in Utrecht in May 2019. The overall objective of this agreement for collaboration is to develop and implement joint activities that support and further strengthen the use of health evidence — by people making decisions about health, from the individual patient to international health policymakers.      
HSPRM is responsible for driving and spreading evidence and methods, developed by Cochrane, to the world of PRM in Greece. To realize this objective:
a) HSPRM, supported by Cochrane Rehabilitation, has started to set up educational activities on evidence-based medicine in PRM. 
b) HSPRM supports the dissemination of information, such as flyers and newsletters, and scientific activities among its members,
c) HSPRM has included on its website’s homepage a link to the Cochrane Rehabilitation website and has been presented on its website as a partner organization of Cochrane Rehabilitation.
d) HSPRM has planned to include in its biannual Congress, in November 2020, a Cochrane Rehabilitation Session and/or Workshop, mainly driven by PRM Greek physicians, and supported by invited members of the Cochrane Rehabilitation Executive Committee.