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Duke-Brazil partnership to advance integration and measurement of rehabilitation services into high quality coordinated health care

Grant number: 19/16531-1
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2019 - February 28, 2021
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Linamara Rizzo Battistella
Grantee:Linamara Rizzo Battistella
Principal investigator abroad: Janet PrvuBettger
Institution abroad: Duke University, United States
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Marta Imamura
Associated research grant:17/12943-8 - Inhibitory deficit as a marker of neuroplasticity in rehabilitation, AP.SPEC


An essential but often overlooked component of health care is rehabilitation. Relevant to the needs of people with many health conditions and those experiencing disability across the lifespan, rehabilitation services should be integrated as part of a high quality coordinated approach to healthcare delivery. The World Health Organization (WHO) released a Call For Action with Rehabilitation 2030, acknowledging that greater access to rehabilitation services is required to "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages" (Sustainable Development Goal [SDG] 3). It also contributes to SDG Target 3.8 of "achiev[ing] universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all". In this proposal we will directly address SDG 3 by establishing a new United States (US)Brazil partnership to explore strategies and policies to integrate rehabilitation into the larger healthcare delivery infrastructure. In doing so the value of rehabilitation, including the current FAPESP project outcomes, will be more fully realized as a measurable benefit to integrated and coordinated care. Together we will focus our efforts on four patient populations in the US and Brazil, identify meaningful indicators of functioning and health, and explore future opportunities for collaborative research on health and healthcare improvement across countries. (AU)