Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Rehabilitation Teams

  • Gernot Lenz
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2968

Definition

The rehabilitation team consists of professionals from different disciplines that are involved in the rehabilitation process. The multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team agrees on explicit objectives that have an impact on team setup and function. It is a key success factor that the skills and roles are clearly defined and understood by each team member. The rehabilitation team works with the disabled person and their family and defines an appropriate, realistic, and timely treatment plan embedded in an integrated rehabilitation program.

Basic Characteristics

Team Structures

Successful rehabilitation teams have to be more than a mere collection of different health professionals from multiple disciplines. What actually differentiates an interdisciplinary team from only a multidisciplinary team is that the interdisciplinary team pursues a client centric approach. This means that the goals are set in cooperation with the disabled person and their family and for each...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gernot Lenz
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  1. 1.Forschungsverbund Public Health Sachsen-Sachsen Anhalt e. V., Medizinische FakultätTechnische UniversitätDresdenGermany