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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).



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).


Problem:  The rehabilitation field lacks a common framework for specifying the content of rehabilitation interventions.

Why Specification Matters:  Describing rehabilitation interventions in a way that is understood across disciplines and specialty areas is critical to:

  • Facilitate communication
  • Translate research to practice
  • Enhance clinical reasoning
  • Aid clinician training
  • Facilitate treatment replication and research syntheses

Purpose of Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group: To develop and disseminate a standardized way to define and describe rehabilitation treatments to benefit practice, research, and education.


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.



Join us at a NEW day/time: Fourth Tuesday of each month

TUE 22 SEP // 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET


You’re invited to the RTSNG Annual Business Meeting

To encourage international participation, we will also hold a networking and Q & A about the RTSS via a GoToMeeting on:

WED 21 OCT // 6:30 – 7:30 PM ET – RTSNG Annual Business Meeting

FRI 23 OCT // 8:45 – 9:45 AM ET – Networking & RTSS Q&A


JOIN HERE from your computer, tablet or smartphone
BY PHONE:  United States +1.408.650.3123
ACCESS CODE: 612-195-205



Save the dates and plan to join us in Chicago for two amazing symposia to discuss progress on the NIDILRR and PCORI-funded Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System >> 


Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group Meeting

Wednesday, 6 November // 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Room: 4B // 4th Floor

All are welcome! Come introduce yourself and network with colleagues who share your interests. This is a great time to meet the leadership, hear about our work, and discover opportunities to participate.

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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.