Community Physiotherapy in Different Regions

Pavithra Rajan


Community physiotherapy is unique to every country. The successful implementation of community physiotherapy depends on various factors, such as the local community settings, the availability of resources, the type of health conditions prevalent at the time of rehabilitation, and the national health laws, to name a few. Certain challenges are common to most countries, especially the developing ones. If major challenges like lack of adequate training and research opportunities and inadequate awareness about the importance of physiotherapy among communities, are addressed, community physiotherapy can prove to be cost-effective tool of rehabilitation. The progressive community physiotherapy models that are being used in developed countries can serve as a guide to countries that are struggling to further community health. In addition, cross-country and/or cross-continent collaborations could help in knowledge dissemination and faster adoption and implementation of effective community physiotherapy models. This brief report discusses certain community rehabilitation practices and strategies that have been put to use in different parts of the globe. In addition, some of the effective examples have been highlighted.


Rehabilitation; international health; global health

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