[Relevance of the World Report on Disability by WHO and World Bank for participation research]

Rehabilitation (Stuttg). 2012 Dec:51 Suppl 1:S21-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1327693. Epub 2012 Dec 12.
[Article in German]


The World Report on Disability has been presented to the public in 2011 jointly by WHO and World Bank. This paper aims to highlight the importance of the World Report for participation and rehabilitation research. In a first step we provide an overview of the World Report. It includes an introduction of the understanding of disability and its epidemiology, an analysis of different care sectors and further important life domains as well as recommendations for the improvement of the living situation of persons with disability. Then, the importance of context factors for participation is earmarked. We summarize pivotal messages of the World Report, including the estimation of 15% of the world population that experiences some kind of disability. We report on the consequences drawn for the participation and rehabilitation research. Our recommendations complete the present paper.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / methods
  • Decision Making
  • Germany
  • Patient Participation / methods*
  • Rehabilitation / methods*
  • Rehabilitation / organization & administration*
  • Research Design*
  • World Health Organization*