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EMPLOYMENT AFTER PARAPLEGIA IN INDIA: A POSTAL SURVEY

The term ‘employment’ by definition, includes any trade, economic activity and profession in the organized as well as unorganized sector or any trade that would provide with some monetary remuneration. Employment is one of the most important goals for an individual with spinal cord injury (SCI), especially in cases, in which an individual is the only earning member of the family. It not only helps to achieve economic self-sufficiency but is also associated with personal growth, disability adjustment, social integration, and life satisfaction. 


Most of the studies on vocational resettlement reported a relatively lower rate of employment, usually below 40%.



Employment after paraplegia in India: A postal survey. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49853838_Employment_after_paraplegia_in_India_A_postal_survey [accessed Feb 27 2020].

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A FOLLOW-UP PROGRAM IN INDIA FOR PATIENTS WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY: PARAPLEGIA SAFARI

Once patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) were discharged from the hospital, it was very difficult for them to return for follow-up, particularly during the first year, due to problems regarding finances and social issues, as well as extreme physical barriers. Because of these barriers, a large number of patients were presenting for re-admission for reasons that might have been prevented if they had come for routine follow-up. Therefore, it was felt that an attempt to visit the patient's residence to conduct a follow-up would be of great help.

Authors: Prabhaka MM, Thakker TH.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15478530

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PAIN AFTER PARAPLEGIA: A SURVEY IN INDIA

A postal survey, to ascertain the incidence of pain in individuals with paraplegia in India and to associate it with demographic characteristics. The study has found a significant association of pain with age, duration since injury and ambulation. As the pain has a dramatic effect on a subjects' quality of life, there is a need to evaluate it in detail and treat it accordingly with preventive, rehabilitative or surgical procedures.

Pain is a significant problem encountered in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). This pain often starts within 6 months of SCI and continues throughout life. Incidence of acute pain is 96%. The estimated prevalence of chronic pain varies from 11 to 94% and in a recent study, it was found to be 76%. Studies have shown that almost all of the patients (96%) experienced pain at some stage during their in patient rehabilitation. There is a relationship between pain reported in the acute phase (6 weeks after injury), and pain reported 1 year after hospital discharge. A study by Kennedy, Frankel, Gardener and Nuseibeh (1997) in UK showed that within the acute category, 24% of respondents(6 weeks after injury) reported very intense pain, whereas the prevalence of chronic pain (at 1 year after hospital discharge)was found to be 41%. A similar prevalence was also reported by UmLauf (1987) and Britell and Mariano 

Pain after paraplegia: A survey in India. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/40688402_Pain_after_paraplegia_A_survey_in_India.