Brain Neurorehabil.  2008 Mar;1(1):1-5. 10.12786/bn.2008.1.1.1.

The Current Status of Brain Neurorehabilitation in Korea

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.


Brain neurorehabilitation has been one of the important subspecialty of rehabilitation medicine in Korea even from the beginning state and the importance of brain neurorehabilitation is more increasing recently because of increased life span and improved tools of research for the brain lesion. The serial analysis of the articles published in the Journal of Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine revealed that the recent (2001~2006) occupation rate of brain neurorehabilitation articles has been increased to 28% from 5% at the beginning (1972~1977). However, by the data from Han et al. who did a national survey for the brain disease and injury patients in 2007, the timing of transfer of brain disease and injury patients to the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine for the active rehabilitation was 36.7 days in average after onset, that is much slow compared to the data of other developed countries. The hospital stay was 46.3 days in average and the discharge rate to home was 46% in average. About 47.1% of patients who were discharged to home wanted more gait training for their ambulation and about 20.4% of patients wanted more active training for their activities of daily living. I think that the current status of brain neurorehabilitation in Korea has overcome the beginning state of rehabilitation medicine in this land. However, most data above shows us there is a long way we have to go for more active and reasonable treatment for the brain disease and injury patients.


brain; neurorehabilitation
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