Estimates of the need for rehabilitation


Rehabilitation is a set of interventions needed when a person is experiencing limitations in everyday physical, mental, and social functioning due to aging or a health condition, including chronic diseases or disorders, injuries, or trauma. Rehabilitation includes services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physiatry, psychology, prosthetics and orthotics, and others. Rehabilitation is an essential service for Universal Health and might be needed by anyone with a health condition who experiences difficulties in mobility, vision, or cognition, among others. Estimates of the need for rehabilitation are essential for policy and program development.

This visualization presents the need for rehabilitation services in countries of the Americas. It allows users to explore the prevalence and years of life lived with disability (YLDs) of 25 disease causes, impairments, and aggregations of sequelae that would be amenable to rehabilitation at some point in the course of the disease by age, sex, and country from 1990 to 2019.