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Qualityof life of persons with traumatic spinal cord injury in rural Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: a community survey
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Physiotherapy.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Physiotherapy.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Physiotherapy.
2020 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Aim: To describe the quality of life of persons with traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) in a rural area of a low-income country.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study in which snowballing was used to identify persons with TSCI in their homes. A Kiswahili version of the short version of the World Health Organization quality of life questionnaire was used for data collection. Data were analyzed descriptively and independent samples t-tests were used to calculate the difference in the mean scores between groups.

Results: Eighty persons with TSCI with a mean age of 42.29 ± 11.4 years were identified, 68.8% of whom were males. The highest scoring domains were psychological (12.76 ± 2.55) and social relationships (12.62 ± 2.95). The lowest scores were for physical (11.48 ± 2.74) and environment (9.59 ± 2.68) domains. Significantly higher scores were associated with younger age in: physical (0.05), social relationships (0.01), and environment (0.02) domains (p value < 0.05).

Conclusions: Persons with TSCI in the Kilimanjaro rural area registered a relatively low quality of life in which the most affected domains are physical health and environment.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167918DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1718780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-167918DiVA, id: diva2:1391993
Available from: 2020-02-06 Created: 2020-02-06 Last updated: 2020-02-07

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