The 2012 RIMS conference will focus on 2 key aspects in patient-centered medicine and rehabilitation: Shared-Decision Making (SDM) is the most effective health communication approach and is recognized as a method that facilitates patient empowerment and self-management in those living with chronic disease. Rehabilitation is the definitive setting for this partnership approach. RIMS 2012 will ensure delegates enjoy the latest information, research and ideas on SDM. A highlight of this conference will be the role of evidence-based patient information as a prerequsite for SDM. A workshop will report on practical techniques to enhance SDM through the communication training of health professionals.
The second key topic will be Rehabilitation in the Motor-System. The shift from simple neurorehabilitation to neuroregeneration, particularly in the motor system, has provided increasing evidence that certain rehab strategies directly alter brain function. However, much work of the work in this field is in basic science and other diseases rather than MS. RIMS 2012 will give an overview on the current thinking in system neurosciences, neuroplasticity in general and other disease models. There will also be a practical focus on recent MS developments with seminar workshops on concepts of trial designs that include the “hidden” MS symptoms together with patient-reported outcome measures.