Developing research lines in rehabilitation medicine in the Netherlands

G. J. Lankhorst, H. Beckerman, C. A.M. Van Bennekom, F. Jelles

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A survey of research activities in rehabilitation medicine in the Netherlands 1985-1993 has identified 350 studies. The research activities were spread over a large number of institutions and diagnostic groups, indicating a fragmentation of the scarcely available research potential in Dutch rehabilitation medicine. Most research activities were of a pragmatic type with few theory-oriented research projects. The survey indicates that there is a great need for permanent financing of research programmes and the development of strong research lines. Requirements for progress in rehabilitation research include a multidisciplinary approach and long-term research programmes, aimed at developing a general rehabilitation theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-12
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Sciences
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994


  • Netherlands
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • research

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