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Experiences of participation in everyday occupations among persons aging with a tetraplegia
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0403-7463
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1026-5419
Disability and Community Participation Research Office (DACPRO), Washington University School of Medicine.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9143-9235
2015 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 37, no 11, p. 951-957Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study aimed to gain understanding of participation in everyday occupations through life stories of persons aging with a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Method: A narrative method was used for data collection and a paradigmatic analysis was used to analyze data. Results: The analysis resulted in three themes that illustrate how the participants acted to participate in everyday occupations, how that changed over time, and some concerns about their future. The first theme illustrates how participants following SCI acted to become agents of their lives and participate in everyday occupations. The second theme illustrates how participants had to prioritize participation in meaningful occupations due to personal and environmental factors. The third theme shows how they had to try new strategies to continue participation in occupations, due to secondary health complications related to aging. Conclusions: This study captures how persons aging with tetraplegia acted to participate in everyday occupations from soon after the injury until several decades later. In addition, their ability to act and participate changed over time. Our findings provide knowledge that can guide clinicians in their work within this complex area of rehabilitation. Besides, it can also guide the work with policy recommendations for healthcare and social service systems.Implications for Rehabilitation

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2015. Vol. 37, no 11, p. 951-957
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Health Science; Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-11958DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.948139ISI: 000353124600005PubMedID: 25098593Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84928128455Local ID: b025764f-9440-4aa0-997a-37007bf8979fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-11958DiVA, id: diva2:984908
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Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20140811 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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