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Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group


The NEW Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group invites your participation. The group organized with a goal to improve clinical education, treatment implementation, research, and evidence synthesis through continued development, dissemination, and implementation of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS).

To learn more about their work and how to get involved, please contact the chair, Dr. John Whyte.




John WhyteCHAIR: John Whyte, MD, PhD, FACRM 
Institute Scientist Emeritus
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute



Jeanne Zanca imageCHAIR-ELECT: Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT 
Senior Research Scientist, Spinal Cord Injury Research
Kessler Foundation
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Susan LinnCommunications Officer: Susan Lin, ScD, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist
MGH Institute of Health Professionals
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Our mission is to enable continued development and widespread adoption of the RTSS by:

  1. Providing a forum for ongoing discussion with rehabilitation professionals with diverse backgrounds who are interested in issues related to treatment specification
  2. Conducting RTSS implementation projects that inform further refinement and implementation of the RTSS
  3. Developing educational efforts to increase awareness of the RTSS and enable its use by rehabilitation professionals

Our vision is to become an international and interdisciplinary forum that fosters refinement, dissemination, and widespread adoption of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS).




The Manual for Rehabilitation Treatment Specification was developed by John Whyte, MD, PhD and colleagues and embodies the RTSS principles. To learn more and get the manual for free click below.


To learn more about the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Treatment Taxonomy), we recommend reading the following articles published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

  1. A Theory-Driven System for the Specification of Rehabilitation Treatments (2019, Jan.)
  1. The Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System: Implications for Improvements in Research Design, Reporting, Replication, and Synthesis (2019, Jan.)
  1. Advancing Rehabilitation Practice Through Improved Specification of Interventions (2019, Jan.)
  1. The Importance of Voluntary Behavior in Rehabilitation Treatment and Outcomes (2019, Jan.)
  1. Editorial: An End to the Black Box of Rehabilitation? (2019, Jan.)