Treatment taxonomy for rehabilitation: Past, present, and prospects

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

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The idea of constructing a taxonomy of rehabilitation interventions has been around for quite some time, but other than small and mostly ad hoc efforts, not much progress has been made, in spite of articulate pleas by some well-respected clinician scholars. In this article, treatment taxonomies used in health care, and in rehabilitation specifically, are selectively reviewed, with a focus on the need to base a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy (RTT) on the "active ingredients" of treatments and their link to patient/client deficits/problems that are targeted in therapy. This is followed by a description of what we see as a fruitful approach to the development of an RTT that crosses disciplines, settings, and patient diagnoses, and a discussion of the potential uses in and benefits of a well-developed RTT for clinical service, research, education, and service administration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S6-S16
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number1 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 2014


  • Classification
  • Information storage and retrieval
  • Rehabilitation
  • Terminology as topic
  • Therapeutics


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