Published: 30 October 2018
Author(s): Domenico Scrutinio, Anna Giardini, Luca Chiovato, Antonio Spanevello, Michele Vitacca, Mario Melazzini, Gianni Giorgi
Issue: October 2018

Because of the demographic shift and the increased proportion of patients surviving acute critical illnesses, the number of people living with severely disabling chronic diseases and, consequently, the demand for rehabilitation are expected to increase sharply over time. As underscored by the World Health Organization, there is substantial evidence that the provision of inpatient rehabilitation in specialized rehabilitation units to people with complex needs is effective in fostering functional recovery, improving health-related quality of life, increasing independence, reducing institutionalization rate, and improving prognosis.

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