Developing Swiss paraplegic research: building a research institution from the comprehensive perspective


Stucki, Gerold, Reinhardt, Jan D., Cieza, Alarcos, Brach, Mirjam, Celio, Marco, Joggi, Daniel, Villiger, Beat, Zäch, guido A. and Krieg, Walter (2008) Developing Swiss paraplegic research: building a research institution from the comprehensive perspective. Disability and Rehabilitation, 30, (14), 1063-1078. (doi:10.1080/09638280701456369).

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Purpose: To illustrate the conceptualization and development of a research institution from the comprehensive perspective based on the integrative model of functioning provided by the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The newly founded research institution Swiss Paraplegic Research which focuses on the comprehensive study of spinal cord injury (SCI) serves as an example.

Method: Description of organizational development and structure.

Results: The creation of specialized research institutions which develop their core competence from the comprehensive perspective poses unique challenges. It is depicted how these challenges can be met through several approaches. These encompass the identification and specification of a common mission and research goals, the organization of research along distinct scientific fields, the set-up of a respective core competence, and the design of research structures suited to conduct studies of high methodological and organizational complexity. Finally, they comprise the development of a transdisciplinary workforce and the integration into a research landscape which is organized along scientific disciplines and not along interdisciplinary themes.

Conclusion: The ideas and approaches described in this paper may serve as an example for creating integrative research institutions dedicated to human functioning and rehabilitation research from the comprehensive perspective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: human functioning, research institute, rehabilitation, disability, organizational structure, ICF
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology
ePrint ID: 341587
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2012 12:56
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:24
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/341587

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