Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are often followed by psychological consequences, the most common of which are anxiety and depression. These consequences can interfere with the rehabilitation process, with the adjustment to disability, and therefore with the possibility of returning to the preinjury social and working lifestyles. To assess the extent of anxiety and depression in SCI patients and to study the factors contributing to them, 50 SCI in-patients and outpatients were administered questionnaires designed for the self-rating of anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression were found in 32% and 20% of the patients respectively. Of the studied demographic and patient characteristics, only gender was significantly correlated with anxiety and depression. Our findings are consistent with previous research. The lack of reduction in anxiety and depression over time could well imply that the two conditions are maintained by the obstacles that SCI patients meet every day as a result of their neurological deficits. Our data emphasize the need for psychological services in rehabilitation centers for SCI. Such services should also be available to the patients after discharge.
|Translated title of the contribution||Psychological investigation of spinal cord injury patients|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
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