Defining our common ground to reach new horizons
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There are 4 broad propositions concerning behavioral science that rehabilitation psychology shares with other applied branches of psychology: (a) rehabilitation psychology research is science, (b) rehabilitation psychology research is part of a larger effort to understand human behavior, (c) practice grounded in rehabilitation psychology research is designed to alleviate human suffering and promote well-being, and (d) all scientific tools are acceptable in these quests. A model encompassing the major elements in rehabilitation research and practice is presented, and several gaps in the current knowledge base are delineated. Implications and remedies for these gaps, and for changes in professional alliances and role definitions, are discussed so that the field can pursue a consumer-based, empirically driven health care service delivery agenda for persons with chronic disease and disability.
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