Reintegration and rehabilitation after spinal cord injury: a small scale pilot study

Suddick, Kitty and O'Neill, A. (2009) Reintegration and rehabilitation after spinal cord injury: a small scale pilot study International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 16 (10). pp. 535-544. ISSN 1741-1645

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Despite the fact that community reintegration is rapidly becoming a signifi cant area of clinical, policy and research concern, research into reintegration after spinal cord injury (SCI) within the UK is sparse. This small-scale pilot study aimed to explore the experiences of reintegration for people living with SCI in the UK, and how rehabilitation was perceived to have helped or hindered this reintegration. Methods: Seven participants between 5-12 years, post-SCI, and who lived in the community were recruited from local sport and activity groups. All participants took part in a single semi-structured interview. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and sent to each respondent for validation. Transcripts were then analysed. Findings: Themes that emerged regarding the individuals' experiences of reintegration and rehabilitation were: restoring independence, regaining life roles, understanding and redefi ning, individuals' and family and friends' attitudes, professionals' attitude and approach, dissatisfaction and unmet needs, transition to home, and lack of community rehabilitation and follow-up services. Conclusions: Although only a small-scale study, the fi ndings suggest potential areas for improving SCI rehabilitation. They also support further research that will establish whether current rehabilitation services are successful in meeting the needs of those with SCI.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: B000 Health Professions > B600 Health Research
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.12968/ijtr.2009.16.10.44563
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Health Professions
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2010
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 14:55

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