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Revista médica de Chile

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HOFMANN U., Natalia; PAOLINELLI G., Carlo  and  CASTRO L.., Ariel. Referral to rehabilitation services of patients discharged from a general hospital with a potentially disabling condition. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2017, vol.145, n.12, pp.1541-1550. ISSN 0034-9887.


Patients discharged from general hospitals with a potentially disabling condition can benefit in their recovery with the aid of physical medicine and rehabilitation services.


To determine the proportion of patients discharged from a general hospital with a potentially disabling condition, who were derived to physiatry for rehabilitation.

Material and Methods

Review of the discharge database of a general hospital, identifying all discharges with a potentially disabling condition, and those who were effectively derived for rehabilitation.


Only 7% of patients with a potentially disabling condition were effectively evaluated by Physiatry. Among these patients, 20% had neurological diseases and 19% had an amputation. Those attended by physiatry had a higher proportion of multidisciplinary care by the rehabilitation team.


A low proportion of patients discharged with a potentially disabling conditions are referred for an adequate rehabilitation therapy.

Keywords : Disabled Persons; Hospitals; General; Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine; Rehabilitation.

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