Guide for Health Professionals on the Psychosocial Care of Adults with Spinal Cord Injury, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

This Guide aims to provide direction and support to relevant health professionals who are involved in the rehabilitation of people with SCI, either in specialist SCI settings or in other general or specialist health, social service or non-governmental organisations. Arguably, people with spinal cord injury (SCI) have to deal with one of the most devastating physical injuries and they face very significant challenges in the process of recovering and adjusting to the long-term impairments associated with their injury. Aside from the universal experience of adjusting to the physical injury, SCI is commonly associated with a range of secondary conditions and challenges, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), hospitalisation, co-morbid psychiatric conditions such as depression, chronic pain and chronic fatigue. People with SCI are also at risk of experiencing adverse social consequences, including high risk of divorce and loneliness, substance abuse, social discrimination and unstable employment prospects. However, on an encouraging note, the majority of adult people with SCI adjust very well in the long-term.

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