The Rehabilitation Team

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mayo Clinic emphasizes teamwork, recognizing that high-quality health care depends upon a variety of experts sharing their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the patient.

Mayo Clinic's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is committed to teamwork in rehabilitation, with the goal of a speedy and effective recovery.

Members of the health care team include:

  • Patients and their families — Your goals and ideas are critically important for determining your ideal model of care.
  • Physiatrists (rehabilitation doctors) direct therapies and services provided by the rehabilitation team and coordinate care provided by other specialists.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists provide psychological testing and individualized and family counseling, if needed.
  • Rehabilitation care coordinators are registered nurses with special training who coordinate your care from admission to discharge.
  • Rehabilitation nurses encourage you and help you practice the skills learned in therapy sessions
  • Physical therapists develop treatment programs to help you improve mobility through exercise and training.
  • Occupational therapists help you develop the skills needed for the activities of day-to-day life.
  • Recreational therapists assess your leisure needs and interests and develop treatments to help you return to a satisfying lifestyle.
  • Speech-language pathologists work to improve speech and language, conversation skills and the thinking skills necessary for communication.
  • Registered dietitians advise you about healthy diet choices and special dietary needs.
  • Repiratory therapists help people with breathing disorders, including training in use of ventilators.
  • Medical social workers provide emotional support, identify economic resources and community agencies and help you make arrangements to leave the hospital and find follow-up care.
  • Vocational case coordinators help you develop a plan to return to work in your community.
  • Child life specialists help children and their families prepare for, adjust to, and benefit from hospital experiences.
  • Chaplains support the spiritual, religious and emotional needs of you and your family.