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Follow-Up Care of Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Hyun-Yoon Ko
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Abstract

Follow-up care for patients with spinal cord injuries and their families must be a continuous and lifelong process. Once discharged, the person is faced with the reality of a spinal cord injury and its effects on all physical activity, daily life, and family life. A discharge plan, starting in the acute phase and continuing during the rehabilitation phase, should aim to promote and respond to the need for education and adjustment of individuals and the families. These educational components include management of the medical and functional aspects of the disability; to be an expert in performing, delivering, and directing care; to recognize the need to seek medical help; to inform themselves about all aspects of equipment needs and use; and to identify, seek support, and cope with stressors of the disability. At the time of discharge, people with spinal cord injuries should adopt new routines and changed lifestyle that reflect the multiple aspects of disability.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyun-Yoon Ko
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  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineRehabilitation Hospital, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Pusan National University School of MedicineYangsanSouth Korea

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