The rehabilitation team looks to many other professionals, including case managers who act as ombudsmen for patients, nutritionists, vocational counselors, bioengineers, orthotists, and, increasingly, clinical researchers and statisticians. The ethicist may become an even more valued member. Ethical dilemmas are bound to increase as society sets limits on whom receives what treatment and for what amount of time. Will inpatient units no longer accept elderly inpatients who are not candidates for cardiopulmonary resuscitation? Will inpatient units no longer provide rehabilitation if it is less expensive for patients to remain disabled? Will rehabilitationists be able to carry out research to improve outcomes and then apply group studies of cost-effective interventions to the individual patient?
Staying current within their areas of expertise has become an increasingly challenging task for the team. Computerized publication services or regular down-loading from library databases can make updating more efficient. Scores of basic science, applied science, general clinical, and specialized clinical journals and books contain information relevant to those who practice neurologic rehabilitation. This depth of intellectual activity offers a view of the expanding boundaries of the disciplines and knowledge that are relevant to neurologic rehabilitation.
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