Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Experiences of 12 patients in the first 2 years following spinal cord injury: setting meaningful rehabilitation goals
  1. Thilo Kroll
  1. The Social Dimensions of Health Institute, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  1. Correspondence to Thilo Kroll
    Social Dimensions of Health Institute, University of Dundee, 11 Airlie Place, Dundee DD1 4HJ, UK; t.kroll{at}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Commentary on: OpenUrlCrossRefPubMed

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 …

View Full Text


  • Competing interests None.