European consensus on core principles and future priorities for geriatric rehabilitation: consensus statement

Stefan Grund, Adam L. Gordon, Romke van Balen, Stefan Bachmann, Antonio Cherubini, Francesco Landi, Andreas E. Stuck, Clemens Becker, Wilco P. Achterberg, Jürgen M. Bauer, Jos M.G.A. Schols

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Purpose: In response to the growing recognition of geriatric rehabilitation and to support healthcare providers which need strategies to support older people with frailty who have experienced functional decline, we developed a consensus statement about core principles and future priorities for geriatric rehabilitation. Methods: We used a three-stage approach to establish consensus—preparation, consensus and review. Results: The consensus statement is grouped under 11 headings from (1) “Definition of GR” to (11) “Effective strategies to develop GR in Europe”, which define geriatric rehabilitation in a way that is compatible with existing service models across Europe. Additionally future goals around research and education are highlighted. Conclusion: The definitions of the consensus statement can provide a starting point for those wishing to further develop geriatric rehabilitation in their jurisdiction and help to develop strategic alliances with other specialties, serving as a basis for a pan-European approach to geriatric rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Geriatric Medicine
Publication statusPublished - Dec 13 2019


  • EuGMS
  • European consensus
  • Frailty
  • Functional decline
  • Geriatric rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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