An investigation into the occupational status of persons with incomplete spinal cord injury

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/198055
Title:
An investigation into the occupational status of persons with incomplete spinal cord injury
Authors:
McNamara, Angela Dr.; Logan, Catherine
Affiliation:
National Rehabilitation Hospital
Issue Date:
2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/198055
Additional Links:
http://www.nrh.ie/research-education/research-abstracts/
Item Type:
Study
Language:
en
Description:
The subgroup of persons with incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) has been somewhat neglected in Spinal Injury research to date. This descriptive study was designed to explore the factors associated with an incomplete SCI and the impact on the person’s daily life, their occupations in self-care, leisure and work. A non-experimental descriptive research design was chosen to explore the impact of incomplete SCI. People with incomplete SCI who had completed their inpatient rehabilitation and who were ambulant were invited to participate in this study. There were three phases of data collection: a qualitative Focus Group of people with incomplete SCI (n=4) to identify common issues, based on the findings of the focus group a postal questionnaire was designed and mailed to a larger group of participants, the final phase consisted of four in-depth qualitative semi-structured interviews to explore the individual experience of coping with incomplete SCI. An incomplete spinal cord injury has a broad, varied physical and psychological impact on daily life, much of it hidden. Understanding the impact of the injury should assist health professionals to collaborate with the person to improve the rehabilitative process in the hospital and in the community. Qualitative findings indicated a loss of many leisure activities and consequently groups of friends. The emotional/psychological impact was described as the need to adapt, sadness at loss, altered self-image, while also feeling fortunate/gratitude for the level of function that was spared. The influence of external factors was identified, particularly the importance of social support, the availability or lack of services, the need for regionally based resources, improved welfare benefits and counselling. Final Report presented to the NRH Ethics Committee - May 2006
Keywords:
INJURY; REHABILITATION
Local subject classification:
SPINAL CORD INJURY; SOCIAL EXPERIENCE

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcNamara, Angela Dr.en
dc.contributor.authorLogan, Catherineen
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-20T14:59:15Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-20T14:59:15Z-
dc.date.issued2005-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/198055-
dc.descriptionThe subgroup of persons with incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) has been somewhat neglected in Spinal Injury research to date. This descriptive study was designed to explore the factors associated with an incomplete SCI and the impact on the person’s daily life, their occupations in self-care, leisure and work. A non-experimental descriptive research design was chosen to explore the impact of incomplete SCI. People with incomplete SCI who had completed their inpatient rehabilitation and who were ambulant were invited to participate in this study. There were three phases of data collection: a qualitative Focus Group of people with incomplete SCI (n=4) to identify common issues, based on the findings of the focus group a postal questionnaire was designed and mailed to a larger group of participants, the final phase consisted of four in-depth qualitative semi-structured interviews to explore the individual experience of coping with incomplete SCI. An incomplete spinal cord injury has a broad, varied physical and psychological impact on daily life, much of it hidden. Understanding the impact of the injury should assist health professionals to collaborate with the person to improve the rehabilitative process in the hospital and in the community. Qualitative findings indicated a loss of many leisure activities and consequently groups of friends. The emotional/psychological impact was described as the need to adapt, sadness at loss, altered self-image, while also feeling fortunate/gratitude for the level of function that was spared. The influence of external factors was identified, particularly the importance of social support, the availability or lack of services, the need for regionally based resources, improved welfare benefits and counselling. Final Report presented to the NRH Ethics Committee - May 2006en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.nrh.ie/research-education/research-abstracts/en
dc.subjectINJURYen
dc.subjectREHABILITATIONen
dc.subject.otherSPINAL CORD INJURYen
dc.subject.otherSOCIAL EXPERIENCEen
dc.titleAn investigation into the occupational status of persons with incomplete spinal cord injuryen
dc.typeStudyen
dc.contributor.departmentNational Rehabilitation Hospitalen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-
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