Carolee J. Winstein, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA University of Southern California

New technologies are changing rapidly and have great promise. But technological change also creates challenges in translating advances into practices that address real problems. According to Winstein, solutions will come through effective collaborations at the nexus of new technologies, aging, and disability among those working in a wide range of fields, including

  • rehabilitation engineering,
  • psychological science,
  • implementation science,
  • gerontology,
  • clinical science,
  • social science,
  • cinematic arts,
  • health economics and policy,
  • the health care industry, and
  • consumers.

Winstein compared the nexus subfield of rehabilitation to a tetrahedron in which four major forces are coming together to forestall the onset of disability (see Figure 6-1).


FIGURE 6-1 Four factors combining to transform the subfield of rehabilitation.

SOURCE: Reprinted with permission from Carolee J. Winstein (2012).

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