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Citation:  Valtonen, K., Karlsson, A., Alaranta, H., & Viikari-Juntura, E. (2006). Work participation among persons with traumatic spinal cord injury and meningomyelocele 1. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 38 (3), 192-200.
Title:  Work participation among persons with traumatic spinal cord injury and meningomyelocele 1
Authors:  Valtonen, K., Karlsson, A., Alaranta, H., & Viikari-Juntura, E.
Year:  2006
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Publisher:  Taylor and Francis
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/16501970500522739
Full text:  https://www.medicaljournals.se/jrm/content/abstract/10.1080/1650197...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Survey research

Structured abstract:

Background:  Employment is an important part of adult life, even for people with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). However, many adults with disabilities do not return to work after their injury. Research has been done on this topic, but very little of it specifically deals with meningomyelocele.
Purpose:  The goal of the research was to study injury-related and personal factors that could affect or predict a person's likelihood to return to work after an SCI.
Setting:  All subjects were sourced via the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Go┬Ęteborg, Sweden.
Study sample:  48 people diagnosed with meningomyelocele and admitted to the hospital mentioned above.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected through a questionnaire given to each participant through the mail.
Findings:  Only 38% of the studied group were employed at the time of research. better education, independence, and better ambulatory status increased the chance of work participation.
Conclusions:  Work participation can be affected by individual attributes and factors in the case of meningomyelocele-related disabilities. However, rehabilitation can help to offset these factors.

Disabilities served:  Spinal cord injury (SCI)
Outcomes:  Return to work