There is a wide range of publications on CBR from the World Health Organization and other organisations.
They are divided into the following categories:
You can find links to the main physiotherapy journals on the electronic journals page of the evidence based practice section of this website. Not all of the journals provide access to full-text articles, some only provide the contents list, and others allow access to abstracts. Some operate an email alert service, which emails the current contents to you when a journal is published. Others provide the option to pay to obtain particular articles.
- Asia Pacific Disability and Rehabilitation Journal January 2002 - December 2010
- Asia Pacific Disability and Rehabilitation Journal Archive 1998-2000 issues
- Disability and Rehabilitation
- Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development (formerly Asia Pacific Disability and Rehabilitation Journal) January 2011 onwards
- International Journal Rehabilitation Research
- Disability World (A bimonthly webzine of international disability news and views)
- WHO Bulletin (monthly journal)
- Disabled Village Children (Werner D)
- Nothing About Us Without Us (Werner D)
- CBR A Participatory Strategy in Africa (Hartley S) (2002)
Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines
WHO, in partnership with other UN agencies, collaborating centres and non-governmental organisations has published guidelines for CBR. The CBR matrix gives an overall visual representation of CBR. It consists of five key components; health, education, social, livelihood and empowerment, each divided into five key elements. Each of these elements has a dedicated chapter in the guidelines.
The Community-based rehabilitation guidelines:
- Provide guidance on how to develop and strengthen CBR programmes;
- Promote CBR as a strategy for community-based development involving people with disabilities;
- Support stakeholders to meet the basic needs and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families;
- Encourage the empowerment of people with disabilities and their families.
Achievement of the Millenium Development Goals for People with Disabilities
In support of the UN International day of Persons with Disabilities 2010 a WHO DAR paper discusses the Achievement of the Millenium Development Goals for People with Disabilities and the role CBR can play.
- Noncommunicable diseases and mental health: Disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation
- World Health Assembly resolution WHA58.23 on disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation
- Progress report (EB 118/12) Progress report on implementation of resolution: Disability, including prevention, management rehabilitation (resolution WHA58.23)
- WHO newsletters dedicated to disability and rehabilitation
- Global Disability Action Plan 2014-2021: was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2014 and calls for improved access to health services, rehabilitation, assistive devices and support services and CBR.
- Medical Rehabilitation section
- Community Based Rehabilitation
- CBR Activities
CBR Publications, including:
- Capturing the difference we make: community-based rehabilitation indicators manual (2015). An Android App for data collection is available on request.
- WHO Bulletin
A few key organisations publishing community based rehabilitation material are listed here. Others are listed on the page on organisations.
- University of Sydney
The Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney, in collaboration with CBR stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region, has produced a Monitoring manual and menu (MM&M) for CBR and other community-based disability inclusive development programs. The MM&M offers these programs guidance to plan and implement locally controlled monitoring activities that empower stakeholders with information – including but not limited to people with disabilities, their families and communities.
- Campbell Systematic Reviews
Published in September 2015 Community-based Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of CBR. The authors conclude: ‘The evidence on the effectiveness of community-based rehabilitation in low- and middle-income countries suggests that CBR may be effective in improving the clinical outcomes and enhancing functioning and quality of life of the people with disabilities and his/her carer. However the heterogeneity of the interventions and scarcity of good-quality evidence means that we should interpret these patterns with caution.’.
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- Global-HELP Organization
- Hesperian Foundation publications - books in English and Spanish
International Labour Organisation
International Labour Organisation, UNESCO, World Health Organization. (1994) Community based rehabilitation. For and with people with disabilities. Joint position paper. ILO/UNESCO/WHO
- United Nations