Bladder management and quality of life after spinal cord injury

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Bladder management and quality of life after spinal cord injury
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Journal Article
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American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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2001, vol. 80, issue 12, pp 916-922
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Examines the effect of impaired bowel and bladder functions on the quality of life among individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Two groups of 53 individuals each were matched based on age, education, race, sex, and lesion level: the dependent group required assistance for bowel and bladder management versus those with independent control of bowel and bladder. Subjects were evaluated using the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique, and the SF-12. Individuals with impaired bowel and bladder control reported lower quality of life on several domains. Independent individuals reported better overall health than dependent individuals. Mental health did not differ across groups.
Hicken, B. L.; Putzke, J. D.; Richards, J. S.
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