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Health Promot Perspect. 2017;7(3): 111-116.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.21
PMID: 28695097
PMCID: PMC5497360
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Physiotherapy in Indian communities: a brief review

Pavithra Rajan 1*

1 Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Canada, Fellow, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Calgary, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Email: docpatsy21@gmail.com


Background: Importance of community rehabilitation in India has been emphasized in previous research. There is ample research that has been published for different communities in the country. However, the precise role of physiotherapy in community rehabilitation is unclear.The objective of the current brief report is to look into the role of physiotherapy in community rehabilitation. Methods: Relevant literature search was done using databases namely Medline, Scopus, PubMed, PEDro and CINAHL using search terms- India, community rehabilitation, home rehabilitation,home exercises and physiotherapy. Studies that followed the PICO format, published in English,after 2005 and that had specifically mentioned the role of physiotherapy in community projects were included. Results: While there are handful of studies that have mentioned the contribution of physiotherapy in the community, most of the interventions are targeted toward management of chronic health conditions. More work needs to be done to outline the importance and precise role of physiotherapy in the rehabilitation of communities in India, especially in preventive care.A model has been created to emphasize the holistic approach of physiotherapy in the Indian setting. Conclusion: Physiotherapy has a pivotal position in community rehabilitation in India.However, published research for the same is lacking. While physiotherapy interventions have been designed to target chronic health conditions in the community, emphasis on preventive care is lacking.

Citation: Rajan P. Physiotherapy in Indian communities: a brief review. Health Promot Perspect. 2017;7(3):111-116. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.21.
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Submitted: 20 Dec 2016
Revision: 18 Jan 2017
Accepted: 21 Jan 2017
ePublished: 14 Jun 2017
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