Quality of Life in Spinal Cord Injury

  • B. Celik
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Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a change in  health status. However, with current new treatment approaches, the life expectancy among people with SCI is near-normal as in the general population. However, they show high incidence of divorce, suicide, and drug abuse. The quality of life (QOL) is an important aspect to evaluate the effects of treatments and  rehabilitation efforts. It could be evaluated objectively or subjectively. Major Determinants of QOL in people with SCI seem to be age, level of injury (LOI), time since injury, employment status, marriage, bowel and bladder functioning, and chronic pain respectively. Different studies have reported different results according to the effects of age and LOI on QOL in SCI. To be employed and married seem to support positively spinal cord injured people’s life. Generalized bodily pain impacts negatively QOL in people with SCI. Different studies from different regions of world regarding the QOL in persons with SCI show different outcomes due to cultural changes. There is no SCI-specific HRQOL instrument. The SF-36 Health Survey has generally been administered. This chapter will be basically focused on the results of QOL in people with SCI. In addition, the concept of QOL in people with SCI and some controversial issues in this field will also be presented.


Spinal Cord Injury Nursing Home Resident Spinal Cord Injury Group Complete Spinal Cord Injury Spinal Cord Injury Pain 
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List of Abbreviations:


 Health-related quality of life


International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health


International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps


Level of injury


Quality of life


Spinal cord injury


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Celik
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  1. 1.Specialist in Physical Medicine & RehabilitationIstanbul Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Hospital, Bahcelievler – IstanbulNashvilleTurkey

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