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How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

Laura Tuck, PsyD

Psychologist, Memphis VA Medical Center

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Well first I want to understand what they already know. Even coming in with a new spinal cord injury, I believe that people have an expertise over their own bodies and experiences. I would elicit from them what they already know, and ask permission t... Show More

Well first I want to understand what they already know. Even coming in with a new spinal cord injury, I believe that people have an expertise over their own bodies and experiences. I would elicit from them what they already know, and ask permission to tell them about any questions they may have, so it would be a very collaborative process. And I think it depends upon the readiness to engage in rehab and to explore such detailed information of how much I would provide. So it’d be supportive and enough information to have them be able to further gather what’s important to them, or to stop and let them process that.

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How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

Laura Tuck, PsyD

Psychologist, Memphis VA Medical Center

More Videos by Laura Tuck
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Well first I want to understand what they already know. Even coming in with a new spinal cord injury, I believe that people have an expertise over their own bodies and experiences. I would elicit from them what they already know, and ask permission to tell them about any questions they may have, so it would be a very collaborative process. And I think it depends upon the readiness to engage in rehab and to explore such detailed information of how much I would provide. So it’d be supportive and enough information to have them be able to further gather what’s important to them, or to stop and let them process that.

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