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Experiences of Social Participation for Canadian Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale, Quebec City, QC G1M 2S8, Canada
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Department of Rehabilitation, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, BC V5G 3H2, Canada
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Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University, Montreal, QC H2W 1S4, Canada
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Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal, Montreal, QC H3S 1M9, Canada
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Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6, Canada
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Michelle A. Meade
Disabilities 2022, 2(3), 398-414; https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2030028
Received: 21 April 2022 / Revised: 8 June 2022 / Accepted: 23 June 2022 / Published: 2 July 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Disability and COVID-19)
The COVID-19 pandemic caused drastic life changes for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The objective of the study is to explore the social participation of Canadian wheelchair users with SCI during the first wave of COVID-19. Methods: Fourteen participants from Quebec and British Columbia participated in a multi methods cross-sectional study. Three themes were identified, including (1) perceived participation restrictions for people with SCI and their loved ones, which revealed interruptions and changes in service provision during COVID-19, barriers and inconveniences to maintaining life habits and strategies developed during the pandemic to continue participating in meaningful activities; (2) There was no change in life habits (but some subjects found new ways to perform some activities), which highlights that life simply continued as usual and the participants developed new pastimes and interests; and (3) future hopes and concerns, which explained participants’ concerns about changes in interpersonal relationships after the pandemic. This study highlights daily participation challenges for people with SCI during the pandemic. Even though the use of technologies, delivery services and social support seemed to facilitate engagement in meaningful activities, mental health challenges and concerns for future relationships persisted for some. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; manual wheelchair; social participation; spinal cord injury; rehabilitation; social support COVID-19; manual wheelchair; social participation; spinal cord injury; rehabilitation; social support
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Fortin-Bédard, N.; de Serres-Lafontaine, A.; Best, K.L.; Rahn, C.; Turcotte, E.; Borisoff, J.; Sweet, S.N.; Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K.P.; Routhier, F. Experiences of Social Participation for Canadian Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Disabilities 2022, 2, 398-414. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2030028

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Fortin-Bédard N, de Serres-Lafontaine A, Best KL, Rahn C, Turcotte E, Borisoff J, Sweet SN, Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP, Routhier F. Experiences of Social Participation for Canadian Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Disabilities. 2022; 2(3):398-414. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2030028

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Fortin-Bédard, Noémie, Annabelle de Serres-Lafontaine, Krista L. Best, Caroline Rahn, Elizabeth Turcotte, Jaimie Borisoff, Shane N. Sweet, Kelly P. Arbour-Nicitopoulos, and François Routhier. 2022. "Experiences of Social Participation for Canadian Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic" Disabilities 2, no. 3: 398-414. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2030028

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