Author Affiliations: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Drs Press, Lawler, and Smith), Center for Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (Dr Press), Chicago, Ill.
Edited by Thomas C. Jefferson, MD, Contributing
The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation or physiatry (the
practitioner is a physiatrist) has continued to grow since its formation in
1947. One of the major concerns of the physiatrist is the improvement in the
patient's activities that add quality to life. Major shifts in providing care
for patients with disabilities have occurred with more emphasis on outpatient
and day rehabilitation services. Continuums of care have developed to provide
care for patients from intensive inpatient rehabilitation to subacute hospital-based
services to day-long outpatient programs to single modality (ie, physical
therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy) treatments. The physical medicine
or musculoskeletal medicine aspects of physiatry continue to grow, as do some
subspecialty areas like those that focus on women's musculoskeletal health
Press JM, Lawler MH, Smith JC. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. JAMA. 1999;282(10):925–926. doi:10.1001/jama.282.10.925
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