WHO WE ARE: Mission
Our mission is to contribute to knowledge and skills development in order
prevent physical, psychic and sensory disabilities;
limit as much as possible their consequences and, when
possible, overcome them;
provide our Centers, the communities within which they
operate and society in general with scientifically sound
practices and methodologies for rehabilitation, health
care and education.
The rehabilitation hospitals of "La Nostra Famiglia" are not
simply Rehabilitation Centers with sound medical knowledge nor do they
aim at becoming hospitals for acute care, in line with the old concept
of hospital. They have started a process to become the Rehabilitation
Centers of the new millennium.
Indeed, child and adolescent pathologies and the so-called global approach
to the patient require a new concept of hospital, different from the traditional
one relying on acute management. According to this new vision, the patient’s
pathway of care presupposes both medical assistance and other interventions
for a "multidisciplinary" approach.
Child and adolescent pathologies are wide and complex, with a multiform
nature which is even more difficult to manage because the damage sustained
impacts on the physical, psychic and social development of the patients,
causing multiple negative effects.
The clinical approach should thus be accompanied by psychoeducational
and social interventions to achieve the greatest possible functional recovery
of the patient.
Today research needs to be founded on ethical principles and strong values.
This does not only imply a strict respect for bioethics but also, and
above all, attention and respect for the patient’s needs. Research
does not aim at obtaining a consensus at all costs nor easier and immediate
results. Its main purpose is not only to explore disability in terms of
prevention, treatment and rehabilitation but also to address the pain
and the distress which are usually associated to this condition.
It thus requires ethical rigour, great expertise, creativeness and strong
These are the challenges that our Institute intends to rise to, which
are also its founding and leading principles:
clinical activity should not be secondary to research
and should not be virtually dependent on it;
research should primarily be aimed at improving rehabilitation;
attention for the patient as a whole is crucial;
our Institute promotes and carries out research with
the involvement of the whole staff. None of them (except
for some specific fields) will focus solely on research.
This ensures the cultural and scientific growth of both
the Institute and the Association;
research is founded on a common "clinical vocation
adopted by all Centers;
The clinical and research fields undergo an ongoing
process of mapping resources and priorities.
This goal is not unattainable but it requires a strong determination
to pursue applied research to improve rehabilitation and expand our knowledge
- © I.R.C.C.S. Medea