Global trends in health and ageing require a major scaling up of rehabilitation services in countries around the world and in low- and middle-income countries in particular (1–4).
Strengthening service delivery and ensuring it is adequately financed is fundamental to ensuring that rehabilitation is available and affordable for those who need it. This document provides evidence-based, expert-informed recommendations and good practice statements to support health systems and stakeholders in strengthening and extending high-quality rehabilitation services so that they can better respond to the needs of populations.
The recommendations are intended for government leaders and health policy-makers and are also relevant for sectors such as workforce and training. The recommendations and good practice statements may also be useful for people involved in rehabilitation research, service delivery, financing and assistive products, including professional organizations, academic institutions, civil society and nongovernmental and international organizations.
The recommendations were made in accordance with the standards and procedures outlined in the WHO handbook for guideline development (5) and were thus framed in a process consisting of systematic formulation of research questions, evidence retrieval and appraisal, according to “grading of recommendations, assessment, development and evaluation” (GRADE). The document underwent extensive peer review. The process involved commissioned research groups, the WHO Secretariat, a Guidelines Development Group and an external review group, with final clearance and endorsement by the WHO Guidelines Review Committee。
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