Client and family engagement in rehabilitation research: a framework for health care organizations Academic Article uri icon

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  • PURPOSE: To describe the development and implementation of an organizational framework for client and family-centered research. METHOD: Case report. RESULTS: While patient-centered care is now well established, patient-centered research remains underdeveloped. This is particularly true at the organizational level (e.g., hospital based research institutes). In this paper we describe the development of an organizational framework for client and family centered research at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, Canada. CONCLUSION: It is our hope that, by sharing our framework other research institutions can learn from our experience and develop their own research patient/client/family engagement programs. Implications for rehabilitation Family engagement in rehabilitation research •Rehabilitation research is crucial to the development and improvement of rehabilitative care. •The relevance, appropriateness, and accountability of research to patients, clients and families could be improved. •Engaging clients and families as partners in all aspects of the research process is one way to address this problem. •In this paper, we describe a framework for engaging clients and families in research at the organizational level.


  • Anderson, James
  • Williams, Laura
  • Karmali, Amir
  • Beesley, Lori
  • Tanel, Nadia
  • Doyle-thomas, Krissy
  • Sheps, Gideon
  • Chau, Tom

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  • March 27, 2018