Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors Associated with Bowel and Bladder Management after SCI
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2013 - 29 Sep 2014
MICHIGAN UNIV REGENTS ANN ARBOR DIV OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
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The investigation has two aims. The first is to identify risk factors associated with loss of neurogenic bladder and bowel which may increase medical and psychosocial complications after SCI. The second aim is to determine the influence of bladder and bowel management, complications and psychosocial and behavioral factors on quality of life QOL. A mixed method approach is being used for data collection and analysis. Qualitative individual interviews have been conducted with two groups of participants persons with SCI target N40 and caregivers target N20. Interviews are supplemented by quantitative measures to evaluate the extent and severity of bowel and bladder related health problems and quality of life ratings. The project will evaluate differences between a civilian and military cohort. Significant data collection took place at both sites UM and VA during Year 2. At the time of this report, 52 of 60 interviews have been completed. Forty-five participants SCI and caregiver were successfully recruited and interviewed during this second year. Data collection has been completed at the UM site. A few more interviews need to be conducted at the VA site 4 persons with SCI and 4 caregivers. We have recruited participants to complete data collection and are currently scheduling interviews with these participants. Additionally, 20 persons 10 SCI and 10 caregivers will participate in focus groups, making a total sample of 80. Planning for focus groups will begin during the first months of Year 3, to be conducted beginning Month 30. The second year included a refinement of the proposed coding scheme with input from consultants Duggan and Lequerica and collaborator Anna Kratz Ph.D.
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