The Value of Rehabilitation Interventions—Integrating Evidence, Clinical Expertise, Critical Assessment, and Patient Needs: A Conference Report

  • Elliot J. Roth
    Corresponding author Elliot J. Roth, MD, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, 355 E. Erie Street, 14th floor, Chicago, IL 60611.
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL
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  • T. George Hornby
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
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Published:February 06, 2021DOI:


      To understand issues related to the value, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions, and to explore how scientific evidence, clinical expertise, and patient needs can be integrated, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Optimal Strategies in Exercise and Survival Skills to Increase Health and Function held a State of the Science Symposium on “The Value of Rehabilitation Interventions” at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago in 2017. During this conference, 35 invited experts, including individuals with disabilities, professionals, and consumers, explored the topic of the “value” of rehabilitation interventions and discussed their perspectives on the means to integrate best scientific evidence with clinical expertise and patient preferences. This symposium also resulted in the production of several multifaceted articles providing perspectives on the topic of value and how to use evidence to best determine and demonstrate it. These articles comprise this supplement. The present article introduces the key concepts of value, evidence, and knowledge translation in an effort to provide a context for the articles that follow in the supplement.


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