Successes and Failures in Rehabilitation
My lists of successes and failures are too long to enumerate and also of unequal length. The failures are more numerous than the successes, some of which are outstanding, nevertheless, for example the breakthrough of joint replacement.
Less dramatic but very significant has been the impact made by the behavioural scientists and sociologists who have helped to change the attitudes of the providers of services and to align them more nearly with the real and sometimes theoretical needs of recipients whose views are seldom personally expressed and probably often unformed, at least partly, through lack of insight and information. Shortage of resources means that all needs will never be met but at least this fact leads to a debate as to which needs are more and which less important and that they will be evaluated differently depending upon each person’s persuasion and discipline.
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