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In addition, constructive suggestions regarding how to best implement changes in practice and/or service delivery in clinical care, research and policy are provided. A spotlight best practice organization is profiled within each chapter. Each spotlight site is one with exemplary practices that others should emulate. Each Atlas chapter culminates in a report card summarizing the current state of knowledge generation, clinical application and policy change, and specifies a key priority area to target, in order to facilitate advancement of the field prior to 2020. As you review the E-Scan chapters and familiarize yourself with our current capacity in SCI rehabilitation, we ask you to pause, reflect on the content, and commit to a discussion of the key messages at the end of each chapter, and the new perspectives in our final chapter, with friends, stakeholders and colleagues alike. The yield from this endeavor is dependent upon each reader carrying the messages (both positive and negative) contained within, and using them to drive change, within their practice setting or circle of influence. The Atlas may be freely printed and copied, but not altered from its original content, without the express written permission of the Rick Hansen Institute. The Atlas was intended for use by multiple stakeholders including educators, clinicians, administrators, non-governmental organizations, lobbyists or health policy groups for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to facilitating program self-evaluation and restructuring, forcing future research or policy agendas, and informing current accreditation and best practice implementation activities. On behalf of the investigative team, I offer our heartfelt thanks to the many unsung heroes who contributed their time, energy and enthusiasm to ensure timely delivery of the Atlas – by volunteering their time during lunch, evenings, weekends and holidays. Please send us your commentary and feedback regarding the Atlas and its content, at: studies@rickhanseninstitute.org. Please join us in celebrating what rehabilitation has achieved, to date, and in demarcating our future directions! We trust the pioneering and collaborative spirit of Canadian SCI rehabilitation service providers persists to ensure, through realization of the 2020 vision for best practices in SCI rehabilitation, the best care possible for people living with spinal cord injury. BC Craven, BA, MD, FRCPC, MSc Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation On behalf of the E-Scan Team DEAR READER 5


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