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Lived experiences of caregivers and survivors of paediatric spinal cord injury: A scoping review of qualitative studies.

Authors
  • Saxena, Akanksha1
  • Samuel, Asir John2
  • Singh, Manjeet3
  • 1 Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University), Mullana-Ambala, Haryana, India. , (India)
  • 2 Yenepoya Physiotherapy College, Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), Mangalore, Karnataka, India. , (India)
  • 3 Department of Orthopaedics, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University), Mullana-Ambala, Haryana, India. , (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The journal of spinal cord medicine
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2024
Volume
47
Issue
2
Pages
190–200
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/10790268.2022.2153218
PMID: 36622330
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Paediatric Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) has an impact on a child's dynamic development, disrupting their participation in school, community, and social relationships while simultaneously causing repercussions on their caregiver's life. The rare nature of paediatric SCI calls for a detailed inspection of the literature from the perspective of children and their caregivers. This scoping review of qualitative research determines the extent of literature from perspective of caregivers and individuals with paediatric SCI. 9351 full-text published articles were identified from CINAHL, Ovid, PubMed, and Scopus between 2001 and 2021. After duplicate deletion, 8354 articles were left, and 103 full-text articles were assessed for their eligibility. Finally, eight articles were assessed for their relevance. Key themes that emerged from the data were summarized, compared, and synthesized. Six studies were from the perspectives of individuals with SCI and two from caregiver's perspective. Three major themes were identified from caregivers' opinion studies: "Obstacles to community participation"; "Unmet needs related to a child with SCI"; and "Radiating effect on caregivers' lives"; whereas five were obtained from individuals with paediatric SCI opinion studies: "Adjusting to life with SCI"; "Hardships & hardiness"; "Peers & family/emotional support"; "Perception of self & body-image post injury"; and "Transitioning into post-traumatic life". There is a need for more specialized rehabilitation centers and an accessible environment in public spaces. Also, the review sheds some light on the discriminatory attitude of society as a whole, which can be improved by providing proper knowledge and awareness of SCI.

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