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Implications for practice and research
■ A prospective understanding of the variable rehabilitation needs of people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) over time necessitates flexible, co-ordinated and interdisciplinary support from healthcare professionals over time.
■ Professional support should extend beyond functional recovery or re-training and should focus more on what is meaningful to the individual in terms of maximising social and societal participation.
Appropriate rehabilitative support is crucial in the weeks and months after the onset of SCI as medical and psychosocial complications are likely to occur.1 Hence, it is important that rehabilitation professionals engage in a bespoke, patient-centred goal setting …
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