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International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Research Article

Expectations, Worries and Wishes: The Challenges of Returning to Home after Initial Hospital Rehabilitation for Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Bodil Bjoernshave Noe1,2*, Merete Bjerrum2 and Sanne Angel2

1Spinal Cord Injury Center of Western Denmark, Viborg Regional Hospital, Denmark

2Department of Nursing, Institute of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

*Corresponding Author:
Bodil Bjørnshave Noe
Spinal Cord Injury Centre of Western Denmark
Søndersøparken 21, DK-8800 Viborg, Denmark
Tel: +45 2993 2788
E-mail: [email protected]

Received July 25,2014; Accepted August 22, 2014; Published August 26, 2014

Citation: Noe BB, Bjerrum M, Angel S (2014) Expectations, Worries and Wishes: The Challenges of Returning to Home after Initial Hospital Rehabilitation for Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 2:225. doi: 10.4172/2329-9096.1000225

Copyright: © 2014 Noe BB, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Literature highlights the barriers and problems that individuals who sustain traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) meet when they attempt to resume everyday life after hospital rehabilitation. However, what do patients think about before returning home, and what should professionals encourage patients to address while the patient is hospitalized in order to balance the patient’s expectations and to reveal what is of importance to the patient. This qualitative study explores the expectations, wishes and worries patients have before they return home after hospital rehabilitation due to TSCI. Eight Danish residents aged 25-75 years, admitted for initial rehabilitation at the Spinal Cord Injury Center of Western Denmark, participated in an individual interview before returning home. The transcribed interviews were analyzed according to inductive content analysis. Transversal analyses revealed four categories of barriers and problems: “facing uncertainty when leaving the rehabilitation center and peers”, “hoping to get back to work and safe economy”, “needing understanding from the community”, and “relying on resilience of significant others”. These categories were combined into one major theme: “relations”. The findings indicate that there is a need for professionals to address patients´ close relations and to initiate dialog with patients and their families on how SCI may impact close relations in order to promote a good life on new terms.


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