J Korean Acad Rehabil Med.  2008 Apr;32(2):169-174.

Desire for Rehabilitation Services of Patients with Spinal Cord Injury Admitted in Post-acute Rehabilitation Facilities

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hyungik1@snu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


To determine whether the rehabilitation desire of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) in post-acute rehabilitation hospitals be suitable to objective parameters, and to figure out the discharge plan after post-acute rehabilitation hospitals. METHOD: 98 patients with SCI in post-acute rehabilitation hospitals were included. In order to identify rehabilitation desire, interviews were conducted among patients or their family members in a direct line. Discharge plans of patients after post-acute rehabilitation hospitals were surveyed. All participants completed demographic measures, Korean Modified Barthel Index (K-MBI) and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) core-set for patients with neurological problems in post-acute rehabilitation facilities to determine the influences on rehabilitation desire.
Most (80.6%) of patients desired more intensive rehabilitation services and 47 patients (48.0%) purposed to get physical therapy focused on motor recovery. Only 15 patients (15.3%) planned to discharge to home. Patients who planned to discharge to home had higher K-MBI score and lower numbers of decreased body functioning, activities and participation in ICF core-set than patients who would admit to another rehabilitation hospitals after discharge.
Appropriate and intensive educations after spinal cord injury on the recovery process and goal of rehabilitation are required to supply adequate rehabilitation services and to avoid unnecessary admission to rehabilitation hospitals. And the rehabilitation program focusing on functional recovery should be emphasized in patients with SCI.


Spinal cord injury; Desire; Rehabilitation services; Post-acute rehabilitation hospitals
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