The International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation is an Internet based, multilingual resource conceived as part of an online information system on rehabilitation.
Principal participating organizations
The International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation is a project of the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE), funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education. CIRRIE is located at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. CIRRIE can be found at http://cirrie.buffalo.edu.
For the development of the Encyclopedia, CIRRIE is partnering with L'Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec (Québec Rehabilitation Institute for Physical Disabilities) (IRDPQ), specifically its Laboratory of Informatics and Terminology of Rehabilitation and Social Integration (LITRIS).
The co-editors of the Encyclopedia are Maurice Blouin, the Director of LITRIS, and John Stone, the Director of CIRRIE. They are assisted by their respective staff of rehabilitation terminologists, librarians and rehabilitation specialists.
The project also has an international Editorial Board of 35 members representing all regions of the world.
Purpose of the Encyclopedia
The International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation is meant to provide researchers, professionals, students, persons with disabilities, and the general public with an easily accessible resource via the Internet. It is intended to be a synthesis of state of the science in the principal areas of rehabilitation. Its articles include the principal disabilities, as well as rehabilitation evaluation, interventions and associated topics related to physical, psychological, social and environmental aspects of rehabilitation. The encyclopedia is available in English, French and Spanish.
Selection of Topics
The topics for articles are drawn from several sources. These include the thesauri used to search the REHABDATA database and CIRRIE Database of International Rehabilitation Research, the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and the International Index and Dictionary of Rehabilitation and Social Integration (IIDRSI). The intent is to provide a comprehensive, although not exhaustive, coverage of the field of rehabilitation.
Selection of Authors
The editors' intent is to create a truly international encyclopedia. To identify potential authors and reviewers, they searched the CIRRIE and REHABDATA databases of rehabilitation research using the 400 selected terms. Authors and reviewers for the Encyclopedia were identified from these results, keeping in mind the intent to include information from different regions of the world.
Role of Reviewers
In this project, reviewers are consultants more than judges. Reviewers are expected to critically analyze the manuscripts and improve them through their recommendations. Since reviewers are often from a different discipline than the author and almost always from another country, they contribute a different perspective to the topic. Although reviewers of scholarly works are usually anonymous, reviewers of articles for this encyclopedia are acknowledged and recognized for sharing their knowledge with the author. The author-reviewer relationship is seen as collaborative.
Structure of the Encyclopedia
The Encyclopedia was originally conceptualized by Maurice Blouin not simply as a stand-alone resource, but as a key element in an online information system for the field of rehabilitation. Related Encyclopedia articles are linked to each other. Additionally, links to relevant CIRRIE and REHABDATA article citation searches, as well as to IIDRIS definitions and ICF Codes are provided.