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Updated the section "Treatment Theory" to include the social model treatment. Also updated the section "Future Trends" to include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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date: 19 November 2018

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Rehabilitation is a complex, multidimensional approach within health care that uses an interdisciplinary model of specialized services. The comprehensive treatment team generally includes medical specialists and therapists who specialize in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cognitive therapy, psychology, and recreational therapy. Social workers play a key role in the treatment team, particularly in care coordination, discharge planning, and community reintegration. Trends in comprehensive medical rehabilitation will continue to be significantly influenced by forces within the larger health-care arena. Technological advancements and the social trend toward health and fitness offer great promise for the improvement and expansion of rehabilitation services.

Keywords: Disablement theory, treatment, comprehensive rehabilitation, levels of rehabilitation, best practices, postrehabilitation planning

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