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Document Typology: Newspaper / Magazine article
Methodology addressed by the publication:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Title of document: Experience of disability by injury of the spinal cord and the rehabilitation process
Name of author(s): Luís González Echeverría * Yocelyn Price ** Luz Angélica Muñoz
Name of publisher: Ciencia y Enfermeria
Language of the publication: Spanish
Language of the review: English
"Disability is a health problem that affects different dimensions of people’s quality of life. The object of the study was to describe the experiences of people with disabilities by spinal cord injury. We present a qualitative study, using Spradley’s ethnographic interview and participant observation, and Mead’s symbolic interactionism. The cultural universe consisted of adults disabled by severe trauma to the spinal cord, under rehabilitation at “Fundación Esperanza Nuestra”. Research describes the experience of having a disability for damage to the spinal cord, how difficult it is to assume this condition and be available for rehabilitation. The informants described various stages in the process of rehabilitation going from a phase marked by depression to a phase of complete independence, in some cases. The presence of the nurse is permanent at the various times of the personal journey towards acceptance and rehabilitation described by the informants, highlighting the importance of the role played by these professionals and the effects of their care. A lack of involvement of primary health care centers, is seen in the experience and therefore it is essential to strengthen the foundations for the development of a network for rehabilitation based on family and community health."
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article has been chosen because it treats spinal cord injuried problems. In those cases the reviewer´s opinion is that narrative medicine and ICF are specially relevant because of the lost that the patient experiment when it spinal cord is damaged by an accident (the main part of the cases).
Only the knowledge of his/hers previous life and expectatives regarding the future, the rehab process can manage to be successful.
Where to find it:

CIENCIA Y ENFERMERIA XVII (1): 81-94, 2011/ISSN 0717-2079

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