Rehabilitation and Traffic Related Injuries

  • Bruce M. Gans
Conference paper


Historically, medical rehabilitation had been thought of as the third phase of medical care, after diagnosis and acute treatment have been completed. Modern rehabilitation strategies promote the integration of rehabilitation services and values into the treatment and prevention of disabling conditions that result from traffic related injury. This paper describes the foundations of medical rehabilitation as they relate to the care, treatment, management, and prevention of traffic injury related conditions. Further, it relates the functional outcome measures to be included in trauma registries and data bases, so that quantitative measures of the health care system may be determined for survivors of injury. The research needs and opportunities from a rehabilitation perspective, and the unique issues of specialized populations and international factors are also discussed.


Spinal Cord Injury Trauma Care Trauma Registry Trauma System Medical Rehabilitation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce M. Gans
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  1. 1.Detroit Medical CenterWayne State University School of MedicineUSA

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