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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Darlene Wingfield

Second Advisor

Pat Tangeman


This study is a survey aimed at the spinal cord injured population. It's purpose was to determine how well current rehabilitation practice is impacting the real lives of spinal cord injured people, what areas are most successful, and what areas need improvement. The survey was sent through the two major spinal cord injury support groups in Oregon. Four hundred and five surveys were mailed. Usable return rate was approximately 25%. Results of this study found that of all major areas of "rehabilitation," physical therapy is perceived as the least problematic. In addition, it was found that true psychological readiness for physical therapy was not present for approximately one year after injury. This suggests that exploration of a better delivery system is needed in order to take these timing issues into account.


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