Abstract Topics

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The abstract topic list contains 5 chapters according to the definition of human functioning and rehabilitation research. Due to the high significance of clinical research, clinical PRM sciences were placed at the top of the list, comprising all relevant health conditions treated in PRM services.​​​

  1. Clinical Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Sciences

    Description: The Clinical Rehabilitation Sciences study how to provide best care with the goal of enabling people with health conditions experiencing or likely to experience disability to achieve and maintain optimal functioning in interaction with their immediate environment. It contains clinical research on best care including guidelines and standards, organisation and quality management.

    • A1.1 Acute Pain
    • A1.2 Chronic Generalised Pain Syndromes (including Fibromyalgia)
    • A1.3 Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
    • A1.4 Miscellaneous​
    • A2.1 Inflammatory Joint Diseases (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis)
    • A2.2 Degenerative Joint Diseases (e.g. Osteoarthritis)
    • A2.3 Bone Diseases (e.g. Osteoporosis)
    • A2.4 Regional Pain Syndromes of the Neck and Upper Extremity (including Enthesopathy, Tendinitis and Others)
    • A2.5 Regional Pain Syndromes of the Pelvis and Lower Extremity (including Enthesopathy, Tendinitis and Others)
    • A2.6 Back Pain and Spine Disorders
    • A2.7 Musculoskeletal Trauma (e.g. Fractures) and Sports Injury
    • A2.8 Miscellaneous
    • A3.1 Stroke
    • A3.2 Traumatic Brain Injury
    • A3.3 Spinal Cord Injury
    • A3.4 Autoimmune and Inflammatory Neurological Conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis)
    • A3.5 Neurodegenerative Diseases (e.g. Dementia)
    • A3.6 Language and Speech Disorders
    • A3.7 Nerve Injury
    • A3.8 Mental Disorders (e.g. Depression; Bipolar Disorders)
    • A3.9 Learning Disabilities
    • A3.10 Vegetative States, Minimally Conscious and Low Awareness States
    • A3.11 Miscellaneous​
    • A4.1 Heart, Cardiovascular and Lymph Diseases
    • A4.2 Pulmonary Diseases
    • A4.3 Bladder and Bowel Disorders
    • A4.4 Cancer
    • A4.5 Metabolic Disorders (e.g. Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus)
    • A4.6 Burns
    • A4.7 Organ Transplantation
    • A4.8 Miscellaneous​
    • A5.1 Developmental Disorders
    • A5.2 Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifda
    • A5.3 Traumatic Brain Injury in Children
    • A5.4 Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • A5.5 Miscellaneous
    • A6.1 Dementia
    • A6.2 Frailty
    • A6.3 Sarcopenia
    • A6.4 Risk of Falls in the Elderly
    • A6.5 Other Geriatric Conditions
    • A7.1 Sensory and Motor Control (including Postural Control)
    • A7.2 Spasticity Management
    • A7.3 Rehabilitation after Limb Amputation
    • A7.4 Sphincter Dysfunction (including Incontinence)
    • A7.5 Wound and Pressure Sores Management
    • A7.6 Management of Fatigue and Sleep Disorders
    • A7.7 Rehabilitation of Disability-Related Mental Disorders (e.g. Depression, Anxiety)
    • A7.8 Sexual Functioning in People with Disability and Chronic Health Conditions
    • A7.9 Other Specific Functions
    • A9.1 Community Based Rehabilitation
    • A9.2 Vocational Rehabilitation
    • A9.3 Support, Assistance and Independent Living
    • A9.4 Disability Compensation
    • A9.5 Miscellaneous
  2. Biosciences in Rehabilitation

    Description: The Biosciences in Rehabilitation are basic sciences which aim to explain body injury, adaptation and repair from the molecular to the cellular, organ system and organism level and to identify targets for biomedical interventions to improve body functions and structures.

  3. Biomedical Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering

    Description: The Biomedical Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering are applied sciences which study diagnostic measures and interventions including physical modalities suitable to minimise impairment, control symptoms and to optimise people's capacity.

    • C1.1 Diagnosis and Assessment of Mental Functions (including Neuropsychological Assessment)
    • C1.2 Diagnosis and Assessment of Sensory Functions and Pain
    • C1.3 Diagnosis and Assessment of Voice and Speech Functions
    • C1.4 Diagnosis and Assessment of Functions of the Cardiovascular, Haematological, Immunological, and Respiratory Systems​
    • C1.5 Diagnosis and Assessment of Functions of the Digestive, Metabolic, and Endocrine Systems
    • C1.6 Diagnosis and Assessment of Genitourinary and Reproductive Functions
    • C1.7 Diagnosis and Assessment of Neurological, Musculoskeletal and Movement Related Functions (including Gait Analysis, Posturography)
    • C1.8 Diagnosis and Assessment of Functions of the Skin and Related Structures
    • C1.9 Assessment of Health Perception and Quality of Live
    • C1.10 Miscellaneous
    • C2.1 Exercise
    • C2.2 Muscle Training
    • C2.3 Ergonomics
    • C2.4 Joint Mobilisation and Manipulation Techniques​
    • C2.5 Prosthetics and Orthotics
    • C2.6 Massage and Myofascial Techniques
    • C2.7 Lymph Therapy (Manual Lymphatic Drainage)
    • C2.8 Heat and Cold
    • C2.9 Hydrotherapy and Balneotherapy
    • C2.10 Light and Climate
    • C2.11 Electrotherapy (including Functional Electrophysiological Stimulation)
    • C2.12 Pharmacological Interventions (e.g. Pain, Spasticity, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)
    • C2.13 Nerve Root Blockades and Local Infiltrations
    • C2.14 Acupuncture and Complementary and Alternative Therapies
    • C2.15 Nutrition and Diet
    • C2.16 Virtual Reality
    • C2.17 Rehabilitation Technology, including Implants, Prosthesis, Orthoses
    • C2.18 Robots, Aids and Devices
    • C2.19 Miscellaneous
  4. Integrative Rehabilitation Sciences

    Description: The Integrative Rehabilitation Sciences design and study rehabilitation systems, services, comprehensive assessments and intervention programmes, which integrate biomedical, personal factor and environmental approaches suited to optimise people’s performance. This section includes the principles and contents of education and training of professionals in rehabilitation, as well as the evaluation of the rehabilitation team and multidisciplinary care.

    • D1.1 Health Policy and Law (including Medical and Social Model of Disability and Rehabilitation)
    • D1.2 Health Strategies in PRM
    • D1.3 Rehabilitation Service organisation
    • D1.4 Rehabilitation Economics
    • D1.5 Community-Based Participation Research
    • D1.6 Miscellaneous
    • D2.1 Rehabilitation Service Evaluation (including Acute, Post-Acute and Community Rehabilitation Services)
    • D2.2 Rehabilitation Programme Evaluation (e.g. Home-Based Rehabilitation)
    • D2.3 Rehabilitation Technology Assessment (e.g. Tele-Rehabilitation)
    • D2.4 Rehabilitation Strategies for Specific Issues (including Rehabilitation Strategies for Developing Countries and Rehabilitation after Natural Disasters)
    • D2.5 Technology Transfer
    • D2.6 Patient and Proxy Education
    • D2.7 Miscellaneous
    • D3.1 Undergraduate Medical Education
    • D3.2 Specialist Training
    • D3.3 Continuous Medical Education and Professional Development
    • D3.4 Training in Science and Research
    • D3.5 Training of Other Rehabilitation Professionals
    • D4.1 Rehabilitation Service Management (including Integrated Care and Service Concepts)
    • D4.2 Case Management
    • D4.3 Structures and Processes in Rehabilitation Institutions
    • D4.4 Miscellaneous
  5. Human Functioning Sciences

    Description: The Human Functioning Sciences are basic sciences from the comprehensive perspective which aim to understand human functioning and to identify targets for comprehensive interventions.


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