With a total population of about 1.4 billion, China has the largest number of elderly persons in the world. Stroke is a leading cause of death and adult disability in China, with tramatic brain injury (TBI) spinal cord injury (SCI) also on the rise. About 85 million people in China have some type of disability, but many cannot access rehabilitative care or afford to privately pay for it. As CARF staff and surveyors have noted, post-acute services, including rehabilitation nursing, are highly underdeveloped in China. The local Chinese government in certain key cities has recognized that rehabilitation nursing must become a priority to promote quality of life for the elderly and those with disabilities in China.
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