The Relationship between Pressure Sores and Psychosocial Adjustment in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury


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Abstract

In this study a relationship was demonstrated between the occurrence of pressure sores during inpatient medical rehabilitation and scores on a psychological test, the Human Service Scale (HSS). A total of 566 individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) who were 1 to 4 years postinjury participated in the study. Analysis of the data indicated that individuals who had developed pressure sores during inpatient rehabilitation scored lower on the HSS 1 to 4 years after discharge than did individuals who had not developed such sores. Possible explanations of this relationship are discussed.

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