Toward Strengthening Rehabilitation in Health Systems: Methods Used to Develop a WHO Package of Rehabilitation Interventions

Alexandra Rauch, Stefano Negrini, Alarcos Cieza

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Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a World Health Organization (WHO) strategic priority. UHC means “all people receive quality health services that meet their needs without being exposed to financial hardship in paying for the services.” Rehabilitation is among the services included in UHC. As part of the WHO Rehabilitation 2030 call for action, WHO is developing its Package of Rehabilitation Interventions (PRI) to support ministries of health in planning, budgeting, and integrating rehabilitation interventions into health systems. The aim of this paper is to introduce and describe the PRI and its methodology. An advisory board composed of members from different WHO departments is overseeing the project, which is led by the WHO Rehabilitation Programme in collaboration with Cochrane Rehabilitation. The development of the PRI is conducted in 6 steps: (1) selection of health conditions (for which rehabilitation interventions will be included in the PRI) based on prevalences, related levels of disability, and expert opinion; (2) identification of rehabilitation interventions and related evidence for the selected health conditions from Clinical Practice Guidelines and Cochrane Reviews; (3) expert agreement on the inclusion of rehabilitation interventions in the PRI; (4) description of resources required for the provision of selected interventions; (5) peer review process, and (6) production of an open source web-based tool. Rehabilitation experts and consumers from all world regions will collaborate in the different steps. In developing the PRI, WHO is taking an important step toward strengthening rehabilitation in health systems, thus enabling more people to benefit from rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2019


  • Delivery of health care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Practice guideline
  • Rehabilitation
  • World Health Organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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