We encourage every volunteer to support our common cause in a wide variety of aspects.
- As a medical professional you may devote your spare time to actively supporting the EFNR and its long-term educational developments and scientific research.
- As a student we encourage you to support the EFNR under the leadership and direct supervision of an experienced researcher.
- As a layperson you my provide administrative support or volunteer during our annual meetings.
In contrast to mainstream neurology neurorehabilitation concentrates on the diagnostic, therapeutic and scientific issues of rehabilitation aspects. Therefore it has a major emphasis on treatment rather than diagnostics..
Secondly it is also distinctive from rehabilitation medicine in general as its addresses specifically the neurological problems in rehabilitation and makes use of the rich methodological framework of the neurosciences intending to bridge the gap between knowledge from basic sciences on one side and its application on the other side. Therefore as an applied science it conceives itself very much related to translational aspects of science.
In contrast to acute medical disciplines, as e.g. mainstream neurology, the rehabilitation physician or the people working in neurorehabilitation are concentrating more on the level of abilities and functions in patients rather than on nosological entities i.e. the interest focuses on function rather than on disease entities. For this neurorehabilitation uses very much the framework and terminology of the international classification of functions (ICF) and is related more to functional aspects rather than to the nosological classification of diseases as mirrored by the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) System.