Objective: To determine the impact of spinal cord injury (SCI) on life satisfaction of persons with SCI I year after discharge of inpatient rehabilitation.
Design: A cohort. study. Life satisfaction before SCI was retrospectively measured at the start of active rehabilitation. One year after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation, current life satisfaction was measured.
Setting: Eight rehabilitation centers in The Netherlands.
Participants: Persons (N = 147) aged IS to 65 and wheelchair-dependent at least for long distances.
Interventions: Not applicable.
Main Outcome Measure: The Life Satisfaction Questionnaire.
Results: Mean satisfaction with life +/- SD as a whole was 5.3 +/- 0 before SCI and 4.3 +/- 1.3 one year after inpatient rehabilitation. Sexual life, self-care, and vocational situation showed the largest impact of SCI (P
Conclusions: Life satisfaction decreased in persons with SCI. Level of lesion and suffering secondary impairments or pain were associated with low life satisfaction I year after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation.
- cohort study
- follow-up studies
- quality of life
- spinal cord injuries
- LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS
- RESPONSE SHIFT