Abstract Topics

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The abstract topic list spans the 5 themes that define human functioning and rehabilitation research. Due to the high significance of clinical research in our field, clinical PRM sciences were placed at the top of the list.

A. Clinical Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Sciences

Description: The Clinical Rehabilitation Sciences study how to provide best care with the goal of enabling people with health conditions experiencing or likely to experience disability to achieve and maintain optimal functioning in interaction with their immediate environment. It contains clinical research on best care including guidelines and standards, organisation and quality management.

A1 Pain

  • A1.1 Acute Pain
  • A1.2 Chronic Generalised Pain Syndromes (including Fibromyalgia)
  • A1.3 Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
  • A1.4 Miscellaneous
  • A2 Musculoskeletal Conditions

A2.1 Inflammatory Joint Diseases (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis)

A2.2 Degenerative Joint Diseases (e.g. Osteoarthritis)

A2.3 Bone Diseases (e.g. Osteoporosis)

A2.4 Regional Pain Syndromes of the Neck and Upper Extremity (including Enthesopathy, Tendinitis and Others)

A2.5 Regional Pain Syndromes of the Pelvis and Lower Extremity (including Enthesopathy, Tendinitis and Others)

A2.6 Back Pain and Spine Disorders

A2.7 Musculoskeletal Trauma (e.g. Fractures) and Sports Injury

A2.8 Miscellaneous

A3 Neurological and Mental Health Conditions

  • A3.1 Stroke
  • A3.2 Traumatic Brain Injury
  • A3.3 Spinal Cord Injury
  • A3.4 Autoimmune and Inflammatory Neurological Conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis)
  • A3.5 Neurodegenerative Diseases (e.g. Dementia)
  • A3.6 Language and Speech Disorders
  • A3.7 Nerve Injury
  • A3.8 Mental Disorders (e.g. Depression; Bipolar Disorders)
  • A3.9 Learning Disabilities
  • A3.10 Vegetative States, Minimally Conscious and Low Awareness States
  • A3.11 Miscellaneous

A4 Internal Medicine and Other Conditions

  • A4.1 Heart, Cardiovascular and Lymph Diseases
  • A4.2 Pulmonary Diseases
  • A4.3 Bladder and Bowel Disorders
  • A4.4 Cancer
  • A4.5 Metabolic Disorders (e.g. Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus)
  • A4.6 Burns
  • A4.7 Organ Transplantation
  • A4.8 Miscellaneous

A5 Paediatrics

  • A5.1 Developmental Disorders
  • A5.2 Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifda
  • A5.3 Traumatic Brain Injury in Children
  • A5.4 Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • A5.5 Miscellaneous

A6 Geriatrics

  • A6.1 Dementia
  • A6.2 Frailty
  • A6.3 Sarcopenia
  • A6.4 Risk of Falls in the Elderly
  • A6.5 Other Geriatric Conditions
  • A7 Rehabilitation Addressing to Specific Issues

A7.1 Sensory and Motor Control (including Postural Control)

A7.2 Spasticity Management

A7.3 Rehabilitation after Limb Amputation

A7.4 Sphincter Dysfunction (including Incontinence)

A7.5 Wound and Pressure Sores Management

A7.6 Management of Fatigue and Sleep Disorders

A7.7 Rehabilitation of Disability-Related Mental Disorders (e.g. Depression, Anxiety)

A7.8 Sexual Functioning in People with Disability and Chronic Health Conditions

A7.9 Other Specific Functions

A8 Sports in Rehabilitation and Sports Rehabilitation

A9 Social Integration Programs and Rehabilitation

  • A9.1 Community Based Rehabilitation
  • A9.2 Vocational Rehabilitation
  • A9.3 Support, Assistance and Independent Living
  • A9.4 Disability Compensation
  • A9.5 Miscellaneous

A10 Miscellaneous


B. Biosciences in Rehabilitation

Description: The Biosciences in Rehabilitation are basic sciences which aim to explain body injury, adaptation and repair from the molecular to the cellular, organ system and organism level and to identify targets for biomedical interventions to improve body functions and structures.

B1 Mechanisms of Tissue Injury (e.g. Inflammation, Repetitive Strain) and Development of Organ Dysfunction (e.g. Atrophy, Spasticity, Chronic Pain)

B2 Cell and Tissue Adaptation and Maladaptation (e.g. Plasticity, Molecular Mechanisms and Mediators

B3 Biological Mechanism of Interventions (e.g. Pain Relief, Motor Learning)

B4 Miscellaneous

C. Biomedical Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering

Description: The Biomedical Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering are applied sciences which study diagnostic measures and interventions including physical modalities suitable to minimise impairment, control symptoms and to optimise people's capacity.

C1 Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Diagnostics as Related to Organ Systems and Body Functions

  • C1.1 Diagnosis and Assessment of Mental Functions (including Neuropsychological Assessment)
  • C1.2 Diagnosis and Assessment of Sensory Functions and Pain
  • C1.3 Diagnosis and Assessment of Voice and Speech Functions
  • C1.4 Diagnosis and Assessment of Functions of the Cardiovascular, Haematological, Immunological, and Respiratory Systems
  • C1.5 Diagnosis and Assessment of Functions of the Digestive, Metabolic, and Endocrine Systems
  • C1.6 Diagnosis and Assessment of Genitourinary and Reproductive Functions
  • C1.7 Diagnosis and Assessment of Neurological, Musculoskeletal and Movement Related Functions (including Gait Analysis, Posturography)
  • C1.8 Diagnosis and Assessment of Functions of the Skin and Related Structures
  • C1.9 Assessment of Health Perception and Quality of Live
  • C1.10 Miscellaneous

C2 PRM Interventions Research

  • C2.1 Exercise
  • C2.2 Muscle Training
  • C2.3 Ergonomics
  • C2.4 Joint Mobilisation and Manipulation Techniques
  • C2.5 Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • C2.6 Massage and Myofascial Techniques
  • C2.7 Lymph Therapy (Manual Lymphatic Drainage)
  • C2.8 Heat and Cold
  • C2.9 Hydrotherapy and Balneotherapy
  • C2.10 Light and Climate
  • C2.11 Electrotherapy (including Functional Electrophysiological Stimulation)
  • C2.12 Pharmacological Interventions (e.g. Pain, Spasticity, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)
  • C2.13 Nerve Root Blockades and Local Infiltrations
  • C2.14 Acupuncture and Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • C2.15 Nutrition and Diet
  • C2.16 Virtual Reality
  • C2.17 Rehabilitation Technology, including Implants, Prosthesis, Orthoses
  • C2.18 Robots, Aids and Devices
  • C2.19 Miscellaneous

C3 Miscellaneous


D. Integrative Rehabilitation Sciences

Description: The Integrative Rehabilitation Sciences design and study rehabilitation systems, services, comprehensive assessments and intervention programmes, which integrate biomedical, personal factor and environmental approaches suited to optimise people's performance. This section includes the principles and contents of education and training of professionals in rehabilitation, as well as the evaluation of the rehabilitation team and multidisciplinary care.

D1 Rehabilitation Systems and Services Research

D1.1 Health Policy and Law (including Medical and Social Model of Disability and Rehabilitation)

  • D1.2 Health Strategies in PRM
  • D1.3 Rehabilitation Service organisation
  • D1.4 Rehabilitation Economics
  • D1.5 Community-Based Participation Research
  • D1.6 Miscellaneous

D2 Comprehensive Rehabilitation Intervention Research

  • D2.1 Rehabilitation Service Evaluation (including Acute, Post-Acute and Community Rehabilitation Services)
  • D2.2 Rehabilitation Programme Evaluation (e.g. Home-Based Rehabilitation)
  • D2.3 Rehabilitation Technology Assessment (e.g. Tele-Rehabilitation)
  • D2.4 Rehabilitation Strategies for Specific Issues (including Rehabilitation Strategies for Developing Countries and Rehabilitation after Natural Disasters)
  • D2.5 Technology Transfer
  • D2.6 Patient and Proxy Education
  • D2.7 Miscellaneous

D3 Education and Training in Rehabilitation

  • D3.1 Undergraduate Medical Education
  • D3.2 Specialist Training
  • D3.3 Continuous Medical Education and Professional Development
  • D3.4 Training in Science and Research
  • D3.5 Training of Other Rehabilitation Professionals

D4 Rehabilitation Management and Administration

  • D4.1 Rehabilitation Service Management (including Integrated Care and Service Concepts)
  • D4.2 Case Management
  • D4.3 Structures and Processes in Rehabilitation Institutions
  • D4.4 Miscellaneous

D5 Miscellaneous


E. Human Functioning Sciences

Description: The Human Functioning Sciences are basic sciences from the comprehensive perspective which aim to understand human functioning and to identify targets for comprehensive interventions.

E1 Theory and Models of Functioning (e.g. Disability Creation Process)

E2 Classification of Functioning (e.g. ICF Core Sets; ICF Up-Date and Revision)

E3 Measurement of Functioning (e.g. Psychometrics of Assessment Tools; Operationalisation of ICF Categories)

E4 Functioning Epidemiology (Population-Based Comparative Studies of Functioning Across Conditions, Cultures, and Time, e.g. on Employment of People with Disability)

E5 Functioning Impact Assessment (e.g. Prediction of the Implications of Policy and Legislation on Functioning)

E6 Ethical Issues and Human Rights

E7 Miscellaneous

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