Psychosocial implications of spinal cord injury

Crit Care Nurs Q. 1999 Aug;22(2):1-7. doi: 10.1097/00002727-199908000-00002.


Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating event that has not only physical but also social and psychological ramifications for both the injured person and the family. Within one brief moment, a person's world will be changed forever. Like a ripple on the water, one injured family member affects the entire family system. This article will identify the social and psychological forces that impact the injured person's quality of life along with that of his or her family and the interventions that can be instituted by acute care personnel.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Critical Care / psychology*
  • Family / psychology
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / nursing
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / psychology*