This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores issues involving rehabilitation interventions and therapies. It is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which incorporates links from varied fields making up Disability Studies as volumes examine topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The presentational style (concise and engaging) emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.

Current Issues, Controversies, and Solutions

Current issues, controversies, and solutions

The history of rehabilitation demonstrates the growth of a medical care system and industry both outside of and within mainstream organized medicine. A more modern view of rehabilitation also includes quality of life and social interactions regarding outcomes of interventions and management of disability. Although cure is important, finding strategies of adaptation has come to the forefront. This conceptualization promotes accommodation and empowerment for people with disabilities, and consequently, the lines of medical and social responsibilities can become blurred.

The health care arena continues to change as the industry adjusts to economic circumstances. Insurers continue to decrease financing for rehabilitation. There are many seemingly unconventional alliances being made—among insurance plans, hospitals and hospital systems, health care providers, ...

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