About the conference

Rehabilitation and Participation in Long-Term Conditions:
Building Bridges between Researchers, Practitioners and Service Users


The University of Dundee, School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (Universities of Dundee and St Andrews) are organising the above conference in Dundee, 4-5 May 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in partnership with the Alliance for Self Care Research and NHS tayside.

Conference organisers Dr Thilo Kroll and Dr Jacqui Morris

The conference will provide a multi-disciplinary forum for researchers, rehabilitation practitioners, and people with long-term conditions to share their views, expertise and work. It will bring together service users, academics and clinicians and other practitioners to debate the extent and form in which rehabilitation practices can support and enhance social participation.

Participation is understood in terms of the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and includes issues related to mobility, communication, self care, domestic life, leisure activities, interpersonal interactions and relationships, major life areas including community and civic life.

The conference aims to connect theory, practice and experiences relating to rehabilitation and social participation and to bring together professionals from multiple disciplines to share how this is being done.

Thematic headings

  • Conceptualising and assessing participation: classification and measurement
  • Personal and environmental barriers and facilitators of participation
  • Occupational rehabilitation and work participation
  • Lifestyle, physical activity and participation
  • Rehabilitation practice innovation: Promoting meaningful and effectice participation

The conference will seek to address issues around

  • How equitable access to rehabilitation services can be achieved
  • How rehabilitative interventions may support community participation
  • What role health promotion plays within community-based rehabilitation
  • How rehabilitation practices have changed since the introduction of the ICF and shifted towards promoting participation not only functional restoration
  • Addressing transitions from inpatient to community settings
  • How rehabilitation organisation and financing may impact on opportunities to strengthen participation
  • What barriers to participation exist in community settings
  • How methodologies and outcome measures can be made more inclusive and indicative of service user priorities
  • How environmental barriers and facilitators impact on participation opportunities

The conference will have international representation, including leading experts from the fields of rehabilitation, nursing and social science. It will provide a unique opportunity for learning and exchange of knowledge as well as opportunities for networking with colleagues at the conference reception, dinner and ceilidh.

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