Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation: From Impairment to Participation

Marcia Finlayson

August 1, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 603 Pages - 54 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439828847 - CAT# K11417
Series: Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series


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  • Features contributions from some of the top experts in the world in MS rehabilitation
  • Uses the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health as an organizing structure
  • Presents a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Summarizes assessment and treatment strategies across the continuum of impairment, activity, and participation


"MS is always in the back of your mind. If there is something you want to do, you always wonder if the MS will allow you do to it."
—Darlene, living with MS for 22 years

Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) is challenging and multidimensional. MS pervades all aspects of life: one’s body becomes unpredictable and unreliable, one’s identity and sense of self are tested, and relationships with others often change. MS symptoms emerge and remit; limitations evolve and progress. MS rehabilitation is an active, person-centered, and goal-oriented process embedded within a respectful and collaborative partnership between the person with MS and the members of his or her rehabilitation treatment team.

Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a guiding framework, Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation: From Impairment to Participation provides a comprehensive and evidence-based resource to inform and guide clinical reasoning and decision making during each phase of the MS rehabilitation process, from initial referral to post-discharge follow-up. With an emphasis on the application of evidence throughout the entire MS rehabilitation process, the specific objectives of the book are to increase the understanding of:

  • The nature and impact of specific impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions experienced by people with MS
  • How to select and use valid, reliable, and relevant assessment tools to inform the development of rehabilitation goals and intervention plans, and to evaluate outcomes

This book provides information about the nature and impact of MS on the daily lives of people living with the disease, describes evidence-based assessment processes and instruments, and summarizes current knowledge that can inform goal setting and intervention planning. Thoughtful application of the knowledge contained in this book will inform and guide rehabilitation providers to work collaboratively with people with MS and enable them to achieve their goals for participation in everyday life.

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