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Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Rehabilitation Outcomes and Interventions for Community Reintegration in People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Version 1 : Received: 6 November 2017 / Approved: 8 November 2017 / Online: 8 November 2017 (03:08:32 CET)

How to cite: Gupta, S. Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Rehabilitation Outcomes and Interventions for Community Reintegration in People with Spinal Cord Injuries. Preprints 2017, 2017110048 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201711.0048.v1). Gupta, S. Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Rehabilitation Outcomes and Interventions for Community Reintegration in People with Spinal Cord Injuries. Preprints 2017, 2017110048 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201711.0048.v1).

Abstract

Evidence is lacking about the most effective interventions for community reintegration to meet the wellness needs for people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI). One among various reasons for the limited literature on effective interventions for community reintegration for people with SCI is the heterogeneity that represent this population. Heterogeneity manifested by individuals’ injury as well as personal characteristics has significant implications for SCI rehabilitation practice, specifically directed towards community reintegration, a key goal of rehabilitation interventions for people with disabilities. Therefore, this paper aims to present evidence on effect of heterogeneity in SCI population on rehabilitation outcomes and discuss the relevance of this heterogeneity to rehabilitation interventions directed at community reintegration. Available literature suggests that an array of injury-related, personal, social and environmental factors predict various rehabilitation outcomes that affect community reintegration, participation, life satisfaction, and overall quality of life of people with SCI. Therefore, approaches directed at community reintegration should involve components of physical, psychosocial, and vocational rehabilitation while considering personal and societal aspects of an individual’s life. Understanding the heterogeneity will help healthcare professionals to address the needs and concerns of people with SCI in a holistic but unique way, and help them achieve a satisfying life that they desire.

Subject Areas

spinal cord injury; heterogeneity; rehabilitation; community reintegration

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