A Framework for National Rehabilitation Policy and Strategies in Iran: A Scoping Review of Experiences in Other Countries

  • Nahal Ahmadzadeh Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Farbod Ebadi Fard Azar Mail Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Hamid Reza Baradaran Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Reza Salman Roghani Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Marzieh Shirazikhah Social Determinants of Health Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mohammad Taghi Joghataei Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Research Center, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medi-cal Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Nasibeh Zanjari Iranian Research Center on Aging, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Maziar Moradi-Lakeh Preventive Medicine and Public Health Research Center, Psychosocial Health Research Institute, Iran University of Medical Scienc-es, Tehran, Iran
  • Sadaf SANEH School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Saiedeh Bahrampouri Health in Emergency and Disaster Research Center, University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
National policy, National strategy;, Iran, Rehabilitation


Background: The main objective of this study was to review the goals and programs of rehabilitative care in different countries to achieve a framework for a national operational plan for expanding rehabilitation services in Iran.

Methods: In this qualitative study (scoping review), national rehabilitation documents were reviewed in a selected list of countries. We searched several databases including Web of Science, PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar and main website such as WHO. Then, the review results were presented to a panel of experts to receive their feedback and opinion for a framework of national rehabilitation policy and strategies in Iran.

Results: In the preliminary phase, 1775 documents were found and 17 documents were selected from Asia, Europe, three islands near Australia, America, and Australia continents. National policies and programs regarding rehabilitation could be categorized in three fields: 1) Removing the barriers to access rehabilitative health services, 2) strengthening and improving rehabilitation, relevant appropriate technologies, Supportive Services, and Community Based Rehabilitation, and 3) Collecting international data on social support and improving the quality of research and services related to rehabilitation.

Conclusion: To achieve a successful national rehabilitation framework in any country, it is required to strengthen information and research database, implement annual monitoring of policymaking, assess the next year rehabilitation needs of society, finding causes of disabilities for effective planning.


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How to Cite
Ahmadzadeh N, Ebadi Fard Azar F, Baradaran HR, Salman Roghani R, Shirazikhah M, Joghataei MT, Zanjari N, Moradi-Lakeh M, SANEH S, Bahrampouri S. A Framework for National Rehabilitation Policy and Strategies in Iran: A Scoping Review of Experiences in Other Countries. Iran J Public Health. 49(9):1597-1610.
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