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The Role of Family in Medical Rehabilitation

The Role of Family in Medical Rehabilitation


Roxana Elena BLIUC, Andrei Ioan COSTEA, Cozmin MIHAI, Sorin Ioan STRATULAT

Cod: ISSN: 1583-3410 (print), ISSN: 1584-5397 (electronic)
Dimensiuni: pp. 51-64

How to cite this article:

Bliuc, R.E., Costea, A.I., Mihai, C., Stratulat, S.I. (2018). The Role of Family in Medical Rehabilitation. Revista de Cercetare si Interventie Sociala, 60, 51-64.


Medical rehabilitation is a lengthy process which implies the intervention of a multidisciplinary team and which challenges the patients’ and their families’ physical, psychological and financial resources. The family can be partner in providing medical care, a source of information or even a beneficiary of care in the situations in which caring for the patient leads to burnout. The patients surveyed within the research conducted at the Clinic for Medical Recovery, Physical Medicine and Balneoclimatology from Iasi, between October 2012 and December 2015, generally reported that, although the family, friends and neighbours play an important role in maintaining the quality of life for the medically rehabilitated patients, the physical and emotional support provided by them is insufficient. The results of the study recommend the family-centred care, as opposed to the approach centred only on the patient. By maintaining a close relation to the patient’s next of kin, through programs for educating family members and by acquiring patients’ individual needs from family sources the medical personnel can help the patients benefit from more help from their families.


medical rehabilitation, home care, family, disability, family-centred care.

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