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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(4), 4439-4460; doi:10.3390/ijerph120404439

Rehabilitation Living Lab in the Mall Community of Practice: Learning Together to Improve Rehabilitation, Participation and Social Inclusion for People Living with Disabilities

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal, Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, 3205 Place Alton Goldbloom, Laval, Quebec H7V 1R2, Canada
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School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, 3654 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y5, Canada
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Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal, Gingras-Lindsay Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal, 6300 Darlington Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H3S 2J4, Canada
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School of Rehabilitation, University of Montreal, 7077 Parc Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H3N 1X7, Canada
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Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal, Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre, 7005 De Maisonneuve O. Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec H4B 1T3, Canada
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Chemin du Vieux-Moulin 64, Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot (Québec), J7V 8P6, Canada
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Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal, Lucie-Bruneau Rehabilitation Centre , 2275 Laurier East, Montreal, Quebec, H2H 2N8, Canada
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Academic Editors: Carla Sabariego, Alarcos Cieza and Jerome E. Bickenbach
Received: 12 February 2015 / Revised: 2 April 2015 / Accepted: 8 April 2015 / Published: 22 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Disability and Public Health)
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Abstract

Communities of practice (CoP) can facilitate collaboration between people who share a common interest, but do not usually work together. A CoP was initiated and developed including stakeholders from clinical, research, community and governmental backgrounds involved in a large multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial project: the Rehabilitation Living Lab in a Mall (RehabMaLL). This study aimed to evaluate the structure, process and outcomes of this CoP. A single case-study, using mixed-methods, evaluated the RehabMaLL CoP initiative after one year, based on Donabedian’s conceptual evaluation model. Forty-three participants took part in the RehabMaLL CoP with 60.5% (n = 26) participating at least once on the online platform where 234 comments were posted. Four in-person meetings were held. Members expressed satisfaction regarding the opportunity to share knowledge with people from diverse backgrounds and the usefulness of the CoP for the RehabMaLL project. Collaboration led to concrete outcomes, such as a sensitization activity and a research project. Common challenges included lack of time and difficulty finding common objectives. A CoP can be a useful strategy to facilitate knowledge sharing on disability issues. Future research is necessary to determine strategies of increasing knowledge creation between members. View Full-Text
Keywords: community of practice; knowledge sharing; knowledge building; collaboration; disability; social participation community of practice; knowledge sharing; knowledge building; collaboration; disability; social participation
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Mazer, B.; Kairy, D.; Guindon, A.; Girard, M.; Swaine, B.; Kehayia, E.; Labbé, D. Rehabilitation Living Lab in the Mall Community of Practice: Learning Together to Improve Rehabilitation, Participation and Social Inclusion for People Living with Disabilities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 4439-4460.

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