Bernice Lau

Whether we call a plumber to fix a leaking pipe or use a cellphone, we are all dependent on other people or equipment to accomplish tasks. Within the healthcare context however, performing activities independently is a nearly universally accepted goal. This article highlights how patient outcomes in rehabilitation can be improved through switching the focus from independence to interdependence.

Kristina Marie Kokorelias

Individuals with complex care needs (i.e., combinations of medical, behavioral health, and social challenges) often receive care from different healthcare providers in multiple health and social care settings. Patient navigation is becoming a popular model of integrated care. The role of rehabiliation professionals in supporting and advancing patient navigation has not been well described.

Shirin Modarresi, Sarah Janssen, Hoda Seens & Golale Modarresi

Pelvic floor rehabilitation is an essential field of healthcare that encompasses the assessment and treatment of various conditions such as pelvic pain and incontinence. To achieve optimal results, building rapport between the clinician and the patient is essential. This commentary discusses four key components of building an effective therapeutic relationship in this special patient population.

By Yani Hamdani, Nicole Bobbette, Muhammad Irfan Jiwa, & Daniel Share-Strom

From “nothing about us without us!” to “something important to us with us!” This commentary describes experiences of running a research training course for adults labelled with intellectual and developmental disabilities and highlights lessons learned about fostering inclusive collaborations with groups who are often excluded from health and rehabilitation research.

Ilakkiah Chandran & Anuijan Chandran

By 2050, it is expected that nearly 2.1 billion individuals of the global population will be 60 years or older. It’s time we address the shortcomings of geriatric rehabilitation and advocate for standardized practices of inclusivity and integration. How can we shift geriatric rehabilitation practices to ensure opportunities for healthy ageing?

DeBrittany Mitchell & Julisa Cully

The Learning Collaborative Model has successfully been used as a knowledge translation strategy with over forty US state VR agencies. It is a primary component of the Rural Youth Apprenticeship Development Project (RYAD) focused on the development of apprenticeships programs for youth with disabilities in underserved rural communities.

Rochelle C. Furtado & Christina Ziebart

There is a clear gap in practice when incorporating gender within the field of physiotherapy. The lack of training, research and resources have created a barrier and limited the care for transgendered and non-binary people. This commentary hopes to bring awareness and strategies of incorporating a gender inclusive approach to all aspects of physiotherapy: research, curriculum and practice.

Fiona Höbler

Neurodiversity opened our eyes to the wonderful variations of human experiences, while the social model helps us to see the constructed norms and values that can be disabling to neurodivergent individuals. Here we reconstruct the conversation around stuttering, through the lens of the social model, along with the insight and advocacy of those with lived experience of stuttering and its treatment.