Emotional Experience and Quality of Life Following a Spinal Cord Injury: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (ES

Lead Research Organisation: Edinburgh Napier University
Department Name: Nursing Midwifery and Social Care


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Description We discovered that the impact of spinal cord injury affects not only the person acquiring the injury but their significant others too. The process of hospital discharge back to the community is challenging both for the person with the injury (isolation, loneliness, stigma) but also for their spouses, friends and families (loss of privacy in their own homes and negotiations with formal carers). Social support, acceptance and positive thinking appeared to have promoted adjustment.
Exploitation Route The findings are reviewed by the Spinal Injuries unit to improve services and support for people with spinal cord injury and their families.
Sectors Healthcare