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Citation:  Hammell, K.W. (2007). Quality of life after spinal cord injury: a meta-synthesis of qualitative findings. Spinal Cord, 45 (2), 124-139.
Title:  Quality of life after spinal cord injury: a meta-synthesis of qualitative findings
Authors:  Hammell, K.W.
Year:  2007
Journal/Publication:  Spinal Cord
Publisher:  Nature
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Literature review

Structured abstract:

Background:  Having a good quality of life is the end goal of rehabilitation for a person with disabilities, including those with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI).Quality of Life, however, is very difficult to measure, and most researchers have taken to using qualitative studies of it.
Purpose:  The goal was to study and compare factors relating to the experience of a life worth living while having an SCI.
Data collection and analysis:  A set of articles from Medline, CINAHL and Sociological Abstracts databases were obtained, in addition to several articles chosen by hand from print sources. They were checked for relevance and key themes from each were compiled and qualitatively analyzed.
Findings:  Out of the papers that were synthesized, 10 main concepts relating to quality of life were found: Body problems, Loss, Relationships, Control of one's life, Ability to contribute, Environmental context, new values, Good and bad days, Self-worth, and Self-continuity.
Conclusions:  it was found that Quality of Life was impaired by problems common to people with SCI and other disabilities, but was improved by things such as quality relationships with other people, and successful employment. The review also shows that synthesis is a good way to gain insight from other research.

Disabilities served:  Spinal cord injury (SCI)