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Physiatrists Lacking

There are only 500 physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) specialists in Iran, said Dr Mohammad Ayyazi, deputy health minister for social affairs. “More attention needs to be paid to this important field and to train specialists, since 10%-15% of the Iranian population is in need of rehabilitation medicine,” he said at the 20th Annual Congress of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic, held March 1-3 at Tehran’s Razi Conference Hall.  Physical medicine and rehabilitation or physiatry is a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. Ayyazi also stressed the need for more rehabilitation hospital beds in the country, IRNA reported. The congress, attended by public authorities and local experts in the field, discussed different aspects of physical medicine and rehabilitation and related fields.

 

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