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Title: The experience of living with spinal cord injury in the early months following discharge form rehabilitation : A qualitative study on a male sample
Author: Nolan, Maeve
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 0588
Awarding Body: The University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2011
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Traumatically acquired spinal cord injury (SCI) provokes a multitude of physical, psychological and social changes. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPAL this study seeks to explore the experiences of five men as they adjust to living at home in the early months following discharge from a spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital. There is now a substantial body of qualitative literature on the experience of rehabilitation and of adjustment following injury. However the lived experience of men as they make the transition from rehabilitation and begin to come to terms with the impact of injury in their own homes and communities has not been a specific focus of study. A systematic review of twenty years of qualitative research on the experience of SCI forms the backdrop for this study. In depth interviews with five men were carried out and three common themes identified as follows: 'I'm the same but different: continuity and change of self', capturing the impact of SCion identity, 'It's definitely different: learning to manage an altered body', reflecting the task of dealing with altered body function and appearance and 'Seeing things differently: from catastrophe to challenge' relating to appraisals, coping and resilience in the face of change and challenge. Reference is also made to specific themes and to the unique patterning and unfolding of themes that emerged for each participant. The lived experience of SCI in the early months post-discharge for participants in this study involved a reorganisation of identity firmly based on continuity as well as disruption, a familiarisation with altered bodies and the development of new appreciations, as both cause and consequence, of approaching SCI as a complex challenge. These findings are discussed in relation to relevant literature and implications for rehabilitation practice are outlined.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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