J Caring Sci. 2019;8(3): 143-148.
doi: 10.15171/jcs.2019.021
PMID: 31598507
PMCID: PMC6778312
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Health Professionals’ Experience of Barriers in Empowering People with Spinal Cord Injury: a Qualitative Inquiry

Maryam Shabany 1 ORCID logo, Alireza Nikbakht Nasrabadi 1,2 * ORCID logo, Nooredin Mohammadi 3 ORCID logo, Keyvan Davatgaran 4 ORCID logo, MirSaeed Yekaninejad 5 ORCID logo

1 Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Neuroscience Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Medical Surgical Nursing and Deputy Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Critical Care Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Department of Iranian Research Center on Ageing, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Science, Tehran, Iran
5 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Introduction: Empowering an individual with spinal cord injury as far as possible is an experience with various social and cultural aspects. This study investigated health professionals' experiences of barriers in empowering individuals with spinal cord injuries. Methods: This was a qualitative inquiry with a conventional content analysis approach. A number of 11 healthcare professionals who were members of Iran Spinal Cord Injuries Research National Network or had been working in a related research center for at least three years participated in the study. A purposive sampling method was applied until reaching data saturation. The data were collected by semi-structured interviews. The collected data were managed with MAXQDA software version 10. Results: Three main themes as barriers in empowering people with spinal cord injury emerged: 1) Lack of patient-and-family-centered education, 2) Failure in providing sufficient healthcare services and 3) Inappropriate setting for using rehabilitation services. Conclusion: These finding can help policymakers to provide better social facilities and more support services for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. Further research is needed to investigate barriers to empowerment from the perspective of individuals with SCI and their families.
Keywords: Spinal Cord Injury, Empowerment, Health Professionals, Qualitative Study, Content Analysis
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Submitted: 09 Mar 2018
Revision: 28 Jul 2018
Accepted: 27 Aug 2018
ePublished: 01 Sep 2019
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