About us

About Us

Here is our background, purpose and organization.


 

Background

At the World Congress of the WFNR in Melbourne, Australia in 2012, an initiative was taken to set up a Scandinavian cooperative enterprise in neurorehabilitation. There was a general wish to share professional knowledge and enthusiasm with a view to development and research in the Nordic countries.

As a consequence, the first meeting of the Nordic Network was held in Denmark in May 2013. All Nordic countries were invited, and in the region of 100 delegates from Norway, Sweden and Denmark attended. Two inspiring days’ meetings concluded with the setting up of a multidisciplinary Working Committee with a two year mandate, and with two representatives from each country. The committee’s tasks included organising a Nordic Network meeting at the WFNR World Congress in Istanbul in April 2014, and Norway’s hosting of the Nordic Network’s next meeting in May 2015.

The Working Committee’s goals include development of a proposed framework for the projected Nordic Network to be presented at the Network’s meeting at the World Conference in Istanbul. The proposal is to be further developed up to the meeting in 2015, with a view to its acceptance as a framework for future collaboration.

Purpose

The Nordic countries comprise five relatively small population groups, and all are constituted on the basis of the same welfare society model, with emphasis on equality for all citizens in a state-run health care system. Living standards and professional traditions and development are basically congruous in these countries, and rest upon common values of respect for the individual person and their potential, upon community support and care for the weak, and upon belief that life can have many different forms and still be meaningful and rewarding. Thus is created the basis for comparability in descriptions of patient care pathways.

Neurorehabilitation at specialist level is a small specialty, which concerns itself with patients with complex problems with their origins in the nervous system, but with repercussions in many organ systems and all functions, including the physical, the cognitive and the social. Some of the relevant conditions are rare. This requires a multidisciplinary approach with applied expertise from many professional groups in order to determine the most appropriate treatment. Amongst other things, purely on geographic grounds, many neurorehabilitation institutions are small, as are some of the professional groups. It can be decisive to seek cooperation with experts outside one’s own professional boundaries for inspiration and professional guidance.

There is a great deal of variation in the types of damage that contribute to pathology in individual patients. Cooperation is therefore necessary to exchange experiences and collaborate clinically in the event of the occurrence of specific rare conditions, and in order to achieve sufficient expertise and develop common clinical guidelines. Systematic accumulation of evidence requires large populations, which can be slow or even impossible without collaboration. All patients are treated in the state health system and all Nordic countries have the administrative foundation for the necessary patient registration. This gives unique opportunities for health-science-related exchange of knowledge, research and development within this small, specialised profession’s experience with clinical cases, their treatment and their outcomes.

All Nordic countries are already involved in international cooperation. This is necessary, and the Nordic Network cannot and should not replace this. However, the Nordic Network is a prerequisite for our small countries in unison achieving international weight and recognition.

We have a Nordic tradition for scientific cooperation and sharing of experience, knowledge and ideas. It is a strong and unique tradition, which can readily be brought to support neurorehabilitation of citizens in all Nordic countries. By sharing knowledge about patients, we can each in our own countries, as well as in other Nordic countries, and in the rest of the world, contribute to valuable specialised knowledge thanks to large, similar, comparable patient populations.

Organization

The Nordic Network is an open forum for professionals who work in neurorehabilitation at hospital level in one of the Nordic countries within clinical professional development, research or administration.


The Nordic Network has a website with contact details for all associated institutions and members in order to promote bilateral contact and exchange. On the website are also displayed the Network’s activities and current working groups. Network meetings take place in rotation every second year in a Scandinavian country. In alternate years there are planned Nordic Network meetings for those attending the WFNR World Congress.


A Working Committee consisting of two representatives from each country (with broad multidisciplinary representation) coordinates the Nordic Network’s activities. The Committee is responsible for the annual meetings and for the Network’s publications and website.
A draft document for the Nordic Network with a more detailed exposition of the above will be presented at the Network’s meeting in 2015.

 

 

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