Rehabilitation treatment taxonomy: Implications and continuations

Marcel P. Dijkers, Tessa Hart, John Whyte, Jeanne M. Zanca, Andrew Packel, Theodore Tsaousides

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In relation to the conceptual framework for a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy (RTT), which has been proposed in other articles in this supplement, this article discusses a number of issues relevant to its further development, including creating distinctions within the major target classes; the nature and quantity of allowable targets of treatment; and bracketing as a way of specifying (1) the skill or knowledge taught; (2) the nature of compensation afforded by changes in the environment, assistive technology, and orthotics/prosthetics; and (3) the ingredients in homework a clinician assigns. Clarification is provided regarding the role of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, focusing a taxonomy on ingredients versus other observable aspects of treatment, and regarding our lack of knowledge and its impact on taxonomy development. Finally, this article discusses the immediate implications of the work to date and presents the need for rehabilitation stakeholders of all disciplines to be involved in further RTT development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S45-S54
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number1 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 2014


  • Classification
  • Rehabilitation
  • Systems theory
  • Terminology as topic
  • Therapeutics


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