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INTERSECT Seminar: A General Theory of Rehabilitation

December 14, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A General Theory of Rehabilitation: it catalyses and assists adaptation to illness

This seminar answers the question that Professor Derick Wade first asked in 1980, What is rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation has been without a theoretical basis since the word was first used in 1918. My theory can be summarised: “Rehabilitation optimises a person’s adaptation to their illness.” I will outline the building blocks: adaptation to change is universal and constant; its purpose is to maintain an equilibrium between important factors; for a person, these factors can be related to Maslow’s five areas of need; humans have a central homeostatic mechanism that alters behaviour to achieve homeostasis; when the change is due to an illness, rehabilitation facilitates adaptation by catalysing many adaptive responses and, when needed, giving direct assistance.

This presentation is hybrid, please let the organisers know if you intend to attend to person or online when registering for the event. A link will be sent out in advance of the event.

There will be a drinks reception following the Q&A session for those attending in person.

Derick Wade trained in medicine, qualifying in 1973. He worked in many specialist areas including neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and general practice before undertaking stroke research 1980-1986. He then became a consultant (later a professor) in neurological rehabilitation and has worked in rehabilitation since. He has undertaken many trials and has over 300 papers.

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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Exeter
01392 723904
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University of Exeter, St Luke’s Campus
3.06 South Cloisters
Exeter, Devon EX1 2LU United Kingdom
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