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A 10-Year Literature Review of the Impact of CommunityBased Rehabilitation

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Bob Bowers ,

School of Human Services and Social Work, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, AU
About Bob

Bob Bowers holds an MS in Occupational therapy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He worked as a rehabilitation consultant for The Leprosy Mission in Bangladesh for the past 13 years. At present he is pursuing a PhD through Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, investigating the attributable impact of Community Based Rehabilitation.

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Pim Kuipers,

School of Human Services and Social Work, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, AU
About Pim

Pim Kuipers is Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Functioning and Health Research, Metro South Health, and Associate Professor, Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, Griffith University, Australia.  

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Pat Dorsett

School of Human Services and Social Work, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, AU
About Pat

Dr Pat Dorsett is a Lecturer in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University, Brisbane Australia. Her research interests include coping and the lived experience of people with acquired disability and disability policy and service evaluation. Pat has been instrumental in the development and evaluation of innovative community support services. Her work has been widely published in peer reviewed journals and featured at national and international conferences. 

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Abstract

A thematic literature review of the impact of CommunityBased Rehabilitation (CBR) in low to middle-income countries was conducted. The review covered the period from 2002 to 2012, and the CBR Matrix was utilised to provide structure for the evidence. Seven studies that investigated the impact of CBR interventions in developing countries were included. A modified harvest plot was used to summarise the strength and nature of evidence provided in relation to the CBR Matrix. Quantitative studies tended to focus on the Health domain, while qualitative studies generally focussed on the Social and Empowerment domains. No evidence of CBR impact was found in the Education domain, and very little evidence was found pertaining to Livelihood. Overall, the evidence base related to the impact of CBR remains limited, both in terms of quantity and robustness of design.
Keywords: CBR matrix, evidence
How to Cite: Bowers, B., Kuipers, P. and Dorsett, P., 2015. A 10-Year Literature Review of the Impact of CommunityBased Rehabilitation. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 26(2), pp.104–119. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v26i2.425
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Published on 22 Jul 2015.
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