A systematic review of evidence
Speaker: Karl Blanchet, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Valentina Iemmi, London School of Economics and Political Science
Date: 10 June 2015, 17:30-19:00
Venue: Upper Meeting Room (103), London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Around 800,000 million differently-abled people live in low- and middle-income countries. Access to facility-based rehabilitation (CBR) services is a major issue. As a result, CBR was promoted to enhance the quality of life, meet basic needs and ensure inclusion and participation of the differently-abled and their carers. The authors conducted a systematic review to analyse the effectiveness of CBR, which included 15 papers: six focused on physical disabilities and nine on mental disabilities. Based on available evidence, community-based rehabilitation may be effective in improving the clinical outcomes and enhancing functioning and quality of life of the differently-abled and their carers in low- and middle-income countries.