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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).



If you are interested in joining this networking group, we do request that you register as an ACRM visitor. ACRM membership is not required.

  • After entering your profile details, you can “shop” for ACRM community groups. Select the “Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group” and others, if you wish (ISIG level groups require ACRM membership).
  • Select “Purchase Now” (cost is $0)
  • A confirmation email will then be sent to you
  • You can also email or  +1-703-435-5335 for personal assistance.




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).



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2019 Conference Highlights

Join us in Chicago for two amazing symposia to discuss progress on the NIDILRR and PCORI-funded Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System!

Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System – Part 1 – Defining Rehab Treatments Systematically >>

This symposium will describe progress on the RTSS (formerly Rehabilitation Treatment Taxonomy project) in developing an interprofessional standardized system for defining rehabilitation treatments. Examples of common clinical treatments and case scenarios will:

1. Elucidate the structure, principles, and terminology of the RTSS
2. Facilitate reflection about active ingredients and targets of intervention
3. Demonstrate how the RTSS can stimulate critical thinking and strengthen clinical reasoning underlying the planning and delivery of interventions.

Finally, we will review the benefits of treatment specification, such as enhancing research, practice, clinical education, and communication across disciplines.

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Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System Part 2 – Initial Use in Education, Clinic & Research >>

The Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS) is a conceptual framework whose use is hypothesized to provide benefits across the scope of rehabilitation in the areas of education, clinical practice, and research. This symposium will review implementation projects that have used the RTSS in these domains. For each of these areas, the audience will be engaged in discussion to help identify additional promising applications and future directions for implementation of the RTSS. Participants will be encouraged to consider how the use of the RTSS might impact their area of rehabilitation, and resources to assist with implementation will be identified.

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Join Us In Chicago!

All conference attendees are automatically ACRM members. Non-members receive a 6-month introductory ACRM membership automatically with registration. Put your member benefits to work right away—join an ACRM community group and attend a community group or task force meeting! PLEASE NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the Online Program for the most up-to-date information.


Wednesday 6 NOV

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
    Location: 4B, 4th Floor





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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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.)