Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Study

Recruitment: CLOSED


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Spinal cord injury (SCI) can result in paralysis, loss of sensation, thermodysregulation and neurogenic bowel and bladder, with individuals with higher and more severe levels of injury having greater impairment in functioning.

However, it is not severity of injury that impacts quality of life; rather it appears that it is secondary conditions that are associated with increased hospitalizations, decreased community integration, and poorer quality of life.

Fortunately, secondary conditions can be prevented or minimized with the performance of health maintenance behaviors and compensatory strategies.

This pilot study used a randomized controlled experimental design to evaluate the how well a self-management intervention to improve self-regulatory skills worked.

Health Mechanics was created specifically to be used with individuals with SCI, designed with the flexibility to address the challenges in living with the physical, psychosocial and environmental challenges of the impairment.