Objective and subjective handicap following spinal cord injury: Interrelationships and predictors

Short Title:
Objective and subjective handicap following spinal cord injury: Interrelationships and predictors
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J45947.
Journal:
Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2002, vol. 25, issue 1, pp 11-22
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Abstract:
Study describes the relationship between individuals' subjective feelings about objective items used to measure handicap and community participation among people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Participants were interviewed regarding their lives before injury and were followed-up 1 year after injury with a telephone interview about their quality of life. Objective handicap was measured using the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique and community participation was assessed using the Community Integration Questionnaire. Subjective feelings about each area of handicap or community participation were assessed using the Andrews Delighted-Terrible scale. Weak or inconsistent correlations were found between objective and subjective indicators of handicap and community participation. Findings suggest the need for an approach that assesses quality of life as a matrix of relationships between activities and individuals' feelings about each of them.
Author(s):
Johnston, Mark; Nissim, Elizabeth N.; Wood, Kenneth; Hwang, Karen; Tulsky, David
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