Rehabilitation medicine summit: Building research capacity. Executive summary

Walter R. Frontera*, Marcus J. Fuhrer, Alan M. Jette, Leighton Chan, Rory A. Cooper, Pamela W. Duncan, John D. Kemp, Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, P. Hunter Peckham, Elliot J. Roth, Denise G. Tate

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The general objective of the "Rehabilitation Medicine Summit: Building Research Capacity" was to advance and promote research in medical rehabilitation by making recommendations to expand research capacity. The 5 elements of research capacity that guided the discussions were researchers; research culture, environment, and infrastructure; funding; partnerships; and metrics. Participants included representatives of professional organizations, consumer groups, academic departments, researchers, governmental funding agencies, and the private sector. Small group discussions and plenary sessions generated an array of problems, possible solutions, and recommended actions. A post-Summit, multiorganizational initiative is called for to pursue the agendas outlined in this report.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-152
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Physical medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research priorities


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