Journal:Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):16, 22, 2, 121-134
This pilot study examined the feasibility of administering an individual, in-person version of Health Mechanics, an innovative self-management program designed to teach individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to maintain physical health and prevent secondary conditions. After baseline assessments, 27 participants were randomized to either the experimental intervention or a usual care group. Thirteen of the 19 participants in the intervention group completed the program. Follow-up assessments were completed at 3 and 6 months after baseline. Results suggest that the Health Mechanics intervention delivered in an in-person format was perceived as useful and relevant in addressing a diverse range of health issues with participants with a wide range of personal and impairment characteristics. However, attrition rates and barriers to recruitment suggested limitations in the acceptability of the format for this population. Additional research is needed to identify the populations that would most benefit from the program and the most efficacious context for administration.