Self-reported health problems and prioritized goals in community-dwelling individuals with spinal cord injury in Sweden

A Divanoglou, M Augutis, C Hultling, R Levi, Þórarinn Sveinsson

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Abstract

Objective: To explore self-reported health problems and functional goals in community-dwelling individuals with spinal cord injury in Sweden. Design: Cross-sectional descriptive study that used a survey designed by an experienced peer mentor with spinal cord injury. Subjects: Community-dwelling individuals with spinal cord injury from Sweden. Methods: The survey was distributed online by the community peer-based organization RG Active Rehabilitation. Results: A total of 203 individuals (55% males, 90% acquired spinal cord injury) from all regions in Sweden completed the survey. Of these, 33% reported living with > 2 unbearable physical or psychological problems. While some problems (e.g. problems related to bladder and balance) were consistently ranked to be common across all years since injury and type of spinal cord injury, distribution of some other unbearable problems (e.g. type of pain, excessive weight) varied between subgroups. Years since injury, level of acquired spinal cord injury and sex, but not age-group or type of spinal cord injury, explained some of the variation in the goals. Conclusion: The high proportion of reported “unbearable” problems point to the stronger need for systematic, comprehensive, life-long, multi-disciplinary follow-up for people with spinal cord injury. The high rate of goals related to improving strength and fitness across all participants independently of their characteristics highlight the important role of community organizations that offer such lifetime services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-878
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume50
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Other keywords

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Goals
  • Independent living
  • Complications
  • Community rehabilitation
  • Peer support
  • Pain
  • Mænuskaði
  • Endurhæfing
  • Verkir
  • Jafningjahópar

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