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Disabil Rehabil. 2007 Oct 30-Nov 15;29(20-21):1604-15.

A Good Lives Model of clinical and community rehabilitation.

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Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand. richard.siegert@kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

AIMS OF THE PAPER:

The aim of this paper was to introduce the Good Lives Model, originally developed for offender rehabilitation, to the clinical rehabilitation community. We argue that this model has considerable promise, both as a 'thinking tool' and as an integrative framework emphasizing the centrality of the person in clinical and community rehabilitation for complex and chronic health conditions.

KEY FINDINGS AND IMPLICATIONS:

The essential features of a good rehabilitation theory are first outlined. These are the general principles and assumptions that underpin a theory, the aetiological assumptions and the intervention implications. The Good Lives Model for clinical rehabilitation is then described in terms of these three components of a good rehabilitation theory.

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Good Lives Model has considerable promise as a tool for integrating many diverse aspects of current best practice in rehabilitation while maintaining the individual client as the central focus. At the same time it is provisional and further theoretical development and empirical support is required.

PMID:
17896217
DOI:
10.1080/09638280701618794
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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