According to the Declaration of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, the access to rehabilitation services is a basic human right. The bio-psycho-social model approach to disability defines rehabilitation as a set of measures to help people who are experiencing, or are likely to experience, disability to achieve and maintain optimal functioning in interaction with their environment “. (Report of the World Health Organization on Disability, 2011)
Rehabilitation is: The use of all means to reduce the impact of conditions leading to disabilities and disability itself and to enable individuals with disabilities to achieve satisfactory social reintegration. (Definitions of rehabilitation by WHO)
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is an independent medical specialty that deals with the improvement of physical and cognitive functioning, the activities (including behavior), the participation (including quality of life) and the modification of personal and environmental factors. (Definitions of rehabilitation by UEMS EBPRM)
The Rehabilitation Clinic for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury is an independent University Clinic and was formally established in 2010 (Government Gazette 1091, 19.7.2010) in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Patras to serve educational, research and nursing needs in the field of rehabilitation of patients with Spinal Cord Injury.
The establishment and ongoing development of a specialized rehabilitation clinic for patients with spinal cord injuries and its access for everyone.
The provision of services that help people that are experiencing, or are likely to experience, disability to achieve and maintain optimal functioning in interaction with their environment.
The funding and construction of this 3,000,000 € budget project was entirely by renowned naval architect, mechanic Dimitrios Sfikas with the support of his wife Mrs. Vera Sfika, President of the German School in Athens. It was delivered in the state ready for operation in 2011 with the most stringent specifications and standards of the universities of Munich and Hamburg.