woman using digital tablet rehabilitation chair

Project description:

Digital transformation provides many opportunities, however many rehabilitation service providers and healthcare professionals in Europe and elsewhere, struggle using the new digital opportunities. The rehabilitation sector was strongly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the challenges faced by the rehabilitation sector include the lack of technical knowledge, capacities, and didactical competencies in the application of digital rehabilitation. One of the main identified challenges in the adaption of new digital opportunities, is the access to relevant and evidence-based knowledge of which solutions to use or how to include digital rehabilitation into the scope of services provided.


The overall objective of the project DIRENE (Competence for the new era of user- driven digital rehabilitation) is to contribute towards the resilience of rehabilitation systems through the development of digital rehabilitation competences of teachers, students and working life professionals. The specific objectives of the project include:

1) developing knowledge in digital rehabilitation for teachers, students and professionals for competence development in digital rehabilitation and,

2) increasing learning opportunities in digital rehabilitation through theory and evidence-based practice.

Users of the project:

Users of the DIRENE project can be divided in four groups: educators, learners, practitioners and clients/patients.

1) Educators can be lecturers/teachers of students as well as trainers of professionals and communities in any health and social rehabilitation setting, which would also include engineers/technicians.

2) Learners can be students, professionals and peers who are learning or further studying knowledge/skills/behaviour/competency.

3) Practitioners are professionals who provide therapeutic, medical services/ interventions within the rehabilitation process ("service provider").

4) Clients/patients are all individuals who receive therapeutic, medical services/ interventions within the rehabilitation process ("user of service" / "customer"). This group may extend on their families / relatives and communities.

Project consortium:

The project is managed by a multidisciplinary team of experts from the Institute of Rehabilitation of the School of Health and Social Studies. European partners of the project include St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences from Austria, University of Health Sciences Bochum from Germany, University of West Attica from Greece ja University of the Balearic Islands from Spain.


During this two-year project the objectives will be achieved through developed Discussion papers, Framework, open pedagogical Handbook and a study Module with open on-line learning materials for the use of identified target groups in Europe and beyond. Links to these are provided in the following chapters and under www.jamk.fi/direne/materials.

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Proceed to the next chapter:

-> Link to chapter 2 "Overview - Designing Mobile Education & Training of Digital Rehabilitation Competencies"