Occupational Therapy Advisor
Mission statement for the American Chinese Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACAPMR)
The ACAPMR’s mission is to promote collaboration between China and the United States, among health care providers in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine (PM&R). There is increasing public awareness that restoration of high quality of life for patients with physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments is dependent on timely provision of the appropriate rehabilitation services. The field of PM&R was established in the United States almost 80 years ago. However, the current availability of rehabilitation services in China has not been sufficient to meet the increasing demand from general population. It is due to the inherent lack of well-managed rehabilitation systems and well-trained health care providers. With the recruitment of commercial and government financial support, we hope to develop a strong infrastructure by promoting education, research and international collaboration amongst health care providers in China. Through the use of cutting edge medical and computer technology in collaboration with these international specialists, we can utilize telecommunications technology to develop an efficient and universally accepted rehabilitation health care system similar to that being implemented and enhanced in the United States.
We need to foster collaboration among international health care providers, to learn from each other as we move forward. Ultimately this will enhance health care delivery and improve health outcomes and overall quality of life in China. We believe this collaboration will promote positive changes and improvement to the current system and will provide continuing medical education opportunities and allow for a provider exchange program to insure that rehabilitation in China remains on par with the strongest systems in the world.
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To my esteemed colleagues, future members and honorable guests,
In today’s increasingly volatile world, we need exceptional physicians and health care providers now more than ever. Without a doubt, we must recognize the essential role of the rehabilitation specialist in maximizing recovery from impairment or disability, whether physical, functional, or emotional. Ultimately, rehabilitation should improve the quality of life, either by facilitating the patient’s adaptations to the environment or modifying the environment to meet the patient’s needs.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialty practice is very broad in scope, as the rehabilitation specialist must have the skills to treat acute or chronic illness and injury; to meet the needs of the very young, the very old, and everyone in between; and to handle end-of-life transitions with dignity and compassion. For both patient and practitioner, these challenges are universal; they transcend cultural differences and socioeconomic divisions.
Unfortunately, I have recently experienced the loss of a loved one as the direct result of inadequate rehabilitation. An avoidable post-operative complication led to the needless death of my mother. Her untimely loss heightened my commitment to decreasing the risk of adverse outcomes for others. I can never bring my mother back, but my hope and my belief is that, through the efforts of this organization and its members, we can reduce the pain and suffering of patients and their families, thus contributing to the overall well-being of society.
Our organization is founded by a group of health care providers and individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision of improved rehabilitation medicine in China. It brings together PM&R physicians and other medical specialists with an interest in promoting rehabilitation services. We also welcome specialists in physical, occupational and speech therapy.
This is an international effort, and we look forward to collaborating with our colleagues in China as well as other countries. Our goal is to bring together talented health care providers from around the globe and to pool our resources in an attempt to make our world a healthier and more prosperous place in which to live.
We cordially invite you to join us in what we hope and expect will be an historic undertaking to improve the delivery of medicine in China.
Sheila, Xiaohua Jiang, MD, MS
President of ACAPMR.
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A Message From Our President