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''WHO and ISPRM have a history of working together to address the unmet needs of rehabilitation'' 
– Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO

International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) established a relation with World Health Organization (WHO) as a Non-State Actor in the year 2000. The collaboration continued through the years with contributions to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in 2001, World Report in Disability in 2011, WHO Disability Action Plan 2014-2021 and Rehabilitation 2030 – A Call for Action to name a few.

July 22, 2020 became a historical day for ISPRM as the honorable Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a special video message to ISPRM and its members during the webinar session on ISPRM-WHO collaboration. He emphasized that many of the tools and resources WHO is developing draw on the expertise and experience of the ISPRM and the broader rehabilitation community which is vital for fulfilling the vision of WHO for universal health coverage and the other health related sustainable development goals. 

Prof. Alarcos Cieza and Prof. Walter Frontera represented the WHO and ISPRM respectively as distinguished speakers of the webinar.

ISPRM webinar imageISPRM and its members will take inspiration from the motivating words of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – “The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown many health systems into turmoil, but it also represents an opportunity to bond together, strengthen collaboration and demonstrate the value of rehabilitation to population health. Now, more than ever, the rehabilitation community needs to be united across disciplines, specializations and countries so that every person has access to rehabilitation services that they need.”
Did you miss any of the previous #ISPRMwebinars?
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The abstracts from the ISPRM2020 conference have been published on our journal! ACCESS PAGE
Read the latest JISPRM issue! 

Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter

The Newsletter contains an update on the Cochrane Rehabilitation activities, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and blogshots of rehabilitation interest.
Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter Issue 33| July 2020 >>
Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter Issue 32| June 2020 >>
Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter Issue 31| May 2020 >>

Online course in Neurological Rehabilitation 

Prof Mary Galea, Prof Fary Khan

Neurological disorders constitute 6.3% of the global burden of disease and are predicted to contribute to 103 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in 2030 [1]. They include conditions resulting from vascular disease (e.g. stroke), infections (e.g. encephalitis, polio), trauma (e.g. brain and spinal cord injury), peripheral nervous system disorders (e.g. Guillain-Barré syndrome, peripheral neuropathy) and degenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis)...READ MORE.
flyer online-course in neurological rehabilitation
This e-learning professional development course provides approximately 20 hours of content, divided into structured tutorials, assessments, and case studies to reinforce learning. It provides an update on the basic principles of management of disabilites resulting from a neurological condition and incorporates the best available evidence. The course is suitable for clinicians working in rehabilitation, including rehabilitation physicians, general practitioners, rehabilitation trainees, medical students, nurses, and allied health professionals.
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Article of the Month by David Burke


Evidence suggests that estrogen may have a positive impact on memory, affect, and motor coordination in women. This study was designed to investigate the association between female reproductive factors and the incidence of dementia.
The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) is the single insurer in Korea, providing medical care to 97% of the Korean population. From the NHIS data 4,775,398 post-menopausal women were identified. Age at menarche and age at menopause were determined, with the duration of fertility calculated as the interval between the two. The number of children and total lifetime history of breast feeding was recorded for each woman. The duration of hormone replacement therapy was categorizes never, less than two years, two-five years or five or more years. The endpoint of the study was newly diagnosed dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia or other dementia.
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Reports by the ISPRM WYF Country Ambassadors 

What's left in the Pandora's Box? A short report about COVID-19 in Brazil
The population of Brazil is approximately 211 million. As of July 28, 2020, nearly 2.5 million are confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1.7 million have recovered...
COVID 19- Current Situation and Experiences from India
The worldwide Coronavirus pandemic has had a deep impact in India so far, the world’s second most populous country with an estimated population of 1.38 billion...

 Survey: Proposal ClinFIT Covid-19 – Tool to assess functioning of current/post Covid-19 patients

Rehabilitation and PRM rely on a wide range of data collection tools suitable for the clinical assessment and reporting of patient functioning. However, what is missing is a universal and simple-to-use clinical data collection tool that can be tailored to the needs of clinicians all over the world, across a range of settings and patient groups. This was the impetus for developing ClinFIT - Clinical Functioning Information Tool, a universal, non-proprietary clinical tool based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Initial versions of ClinFIT is being refined and managed under the auspices of the ISPRM ClinFIT Task Force.

As there is currently an urgent need to investigate the most common functioning problems faced by Covid-19 patients (especially long-term functioning), the Task Force has developed an initial version of ClinFIT Covid-19 – a tool for clinicians to assess functioning of Covid-19 patients or those who had Covid-19. The purpose of ClinFIT Covid-19 is manifold – the clinical management of individual patients, research, and perhaps at a later time quality management. The proposed tool has been conceptualized to be simple and short as to be applicable in any setting in the acute care phase (and not necessarily only for rehabilitation). It can also serve as the starting point for a more comprehensive ClinFIT Covid-19 version for the post-acute and long-term phase.

To ensure that ClinFIT Covid-19 assesses the essential aspects of functioning for this population and is feasible to use irrespective of setting, we invite all ISPRM members to provide feedback on the tool by responding to the questions below. Thank you in Advance!
Take Survey

Meet the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) Board of Directors

Paul Winston - President (2018-2020) 
MD, FRCPC, Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Transitions Island Health, President CAPM&R
Larry Robinson - 1st Vice-President (2018-2020) 
MD, FABPMR Professor and Chief of the division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Toronto
Natalie Habra - Secretary (2018-2020) 
M.D., FRCPC, B.Sc PT, Department Head of Specialized Medicine at the Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal
Brad Selk - Treasurer (2019-2021) 
MD, FRCPC, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Saskatchewan
Denyse Richardson - 2nd Vice-President (2018-2020) 
MD, MEd, FRCPC, Associate Professor, The University of Toronto
Clinician Educator, University of Toronto & The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 

Jaime Yu - Member-at-Large (2018-2020) 
MD, FRCPC University of Alberta
Paul Woolfrey - Member-at-Large (2018-2020) 
MD, FRCPC Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Memorial University
Heather Dow - Executive Director 
CAE, CPhT Executive Director, CAPM&R
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Join ISCoS 2020 online!

The 59th International Spinal Cord Annual Scientific Meeting – ISCoS 2020, is going virtual on 1 – 5 September 2020
We are creating ISCoS history with the first-ever virtual conference, making this a truly global event, streaming straight to your device wherever you are in the world. 
Different time zones are not a problem, you can choose to schedule your calendar in real-time (British Summer Time), or you can catch up later. Virtual technology means the possibilities are endless. For instance, as a keynote presentation is being streamed you will be able to ask questions directly to the speaker using a simultaneous live Q&A session.
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Early rehabilitation in conflicts and disasters

The Field Handbook has been published by Humanity & Inclusion (HI)!
Online versions in English, Arabic and French
Each chapter of this handbook has been written by experts in their field. It includes pictures and evidence based treatment protocols to help rehabilitation professionals around the world to delivery high quality early rehabilitation intervention.
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Remember to renew your ISPRM Membership!

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Upcoming events 

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January 10 - November 16, 2020, Online

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Future ISPRM World Congresses

15th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2021
16-19 May, Lisbon, Portugal

16th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2022
Sydney, Australia

17th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2023
Cartagena, Colombia

18th ISPRM World Congress - ISPRM 2024
Amman, Jordan
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