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This descriptive research aimed to evaluate and summarize lessons learned from A Network Building Project for Community-based Rehabilitation Program. Dialogue process and Networking approach were used as strategies in this study. Fifty participants were consisted of rehabilitation service providers and people with disabilities from different sectors from Roi-Et, Kalasin, Khonkaen and Mahasarakham provinces.
Almost eighty percent of participants were female and forty-two percent aged between 36 and 41 years. Forty-four percent reported that they worked in hospitals and almost forty percent of them were physical therapists. After completing the project, we found that the positive attitude of participants towards taking care of PWDs by multidisciplinary teams using networking strategies was increased from low to the high-highest levels. Positive self-attitude was also changed to the high-highest levels. Project satisfaction level of participations was at the highest level. Essential lessons learned from the project are Dialogue and Self-Reflection methods could successfully connect providers from different backgrounds and create community of practice among those with common interest. It is likely that this could build capacity of oneself to contribute with multidisciplinary teamworking, as a result, quality of rehabilitation services could also be improved. It is suggested that the Community-based RehabilitationNetworking Project should be continued to involve service providers from other sectors. This could be one of the key success factors to improve quality of life of PWDs.