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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jan;93(1 Suppl 1):S58-62. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000024.

The World Report on Disability and recent developments in South Korea.

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From the Department of Public Rehabilitation Service, National Rehabilitation Center, Seoul, South Korea (WHK); Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea (YGP); Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, South Korea (H-IS); and Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, South Korea (SHI).


The latest National Survey on Persons with Disabilities estimated 2,683,400 persons with disabilities in South Korea, of whom 58% were men and 42% were women. People with physical disability represent approximately 50% of the entire population with disability. Disability-related policies and services to improve the participation of persons with disabilities have been expanded in the last decades, guided by 5-yr plans. The number of physiatrists has increased, although it still varies significantly by location. As part of the comprehensive measures to expand rehabilitation services, several regional rehabilitation centers have been established. In addition, a community-based rehabilitation program has been implemented that comprises Strong Point Public Health Centers, which provide local health promotion programs for persons with disabilities, family support programs, and community participation programs. As the aged population increases, it is predicted that the population of persons with disabilities in South Korea will also increase. A long-term and innovative financial model will be required to meet the corresponding needs. A recent milestone of evidence-based practice is the publication of Clinical Practice Guideline for Stroke Rehabilitation in Korea.

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