|Title:||Factors Associated with the Quality of Life of Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries - A Focus Group Study
|Keywords:||quality of life;spinal cord injury;focus group||Issue Date:||2000||Journal Volume:||v.28||Journal Issue:||n||Start page/Pages:||87-95||Source:||Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine Association Republic of China||Abstract:||
The primary purpose of this qualitative study was designed to identify, from a client and medical personnel perspective, factors that associated with the quality of life of patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Three focus groups were recruited and conducted: newly injured patients, patients with a chronic SCI, and medical personnel who worked with these patients. Responses were audio taped, transcribed, and analyzed by pattern coding according to domains and facets of Taiwan version of WHOQOL-BREF. The results indicated that the meaning of quality of life is a subjective perception of their position in life that is influenced by physical health , psychological, social relationships, and environment domains. Factors affecting quality of life identified by chronic SCI patients and medical personnel group were quite similar. But, there was a remarkable difference between chronic and acute SCI patients groups, with the latter did not recognize facets in psychological domain, home environ-ment, transportation, physical environment, participation in recreation/leisure activities as important factors affecting quality of life. If we believe in client-centered approach, one of the goals of rehabilit-ation should be to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
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