TABLE 1-2 Addressing the Charge


Committee Action

Assess and evaluate the current content, quality, and adequacy of the knowledge base in rehabilitation science and engineering.

• Chapters 4-6 address research and the knowledge base in each state of the enabling-disabling process (i.e., pathology, impairment, functional limitation, and disability).


Chapter 7 discusses health services research.


Chapter 9 discusses rehabilitation science and engineering as a scientific and academic field of study.

Evaluate the utility of current rehabilitation models as they reflect the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of rehabilitation and the interaction of the person with the environment.

Chapter 3 describes current models of disability and presents the committee's enhancements for a model of the enabling-disabling process.

Describe and recommend mechanisms for effective transfer and clinical translation of scientific findings, advances, and information that will promote health and health care for people with disabilities and disabling conditions.

Chapter 8 identifies both barriers and current mechanisms for technology transfer.

Review and critically evaluate current federal programmatic efforts in rehabilitation science and engineering as to their productivity, relevance, and coordination.

Chapter 10 describes the federal effort in funding research in rehabilitation science and engineering, and the strengths and weaknesses of the individual programs as well as the combined, overall effort.


Chapter 11 describes overarching recommendations and general priorities and shows their relationship to recommendations in the individual chapters.

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