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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?

Michelle Meade, PhD

Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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I think there are different levels of understanding. There’s the “What do I need to know and do right now?” that occurs immediately after injury—“How do I relate to this new environment that I‘m put in? How do I deal with these healthcare... Show More

I think there are different levels of understanding. There’s the “What do I need to know and do right now?” that occurs immediately after injury—“How do I relate to this new environment that I‘m put in? How do I deal with these healthcare providers who are coming at me with all sides? How do I make decisions?” And then there is “How do I figure out my body again, and how do I learn to live with it?” For me, I think peer mentors are critical. They really help provide recognition that there is life, that things are possible in a way that I can’t. They provide indisputable evidence that life goes on, but it’s about the person figuring it out a piece at a time.

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

Michelle Meade, PhD

Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

More Videos by Michelle Meade
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I think there are different levels of understanding. There’s the “What do I need to know and do right now?” that occurs immediately after injury—“How do I relate to this new environment that I‘m put in? How do I deal with these healthcare providers who are coming at me with all sides? How do I make decisions?” And then there is “How do I figure out my body again, and how do I learn to live with it?” For me, I think peer mentors are critical. They really help provide recognition that there is life, that things are possible in a way that I can’t. They provide indisputable evidence that life goes on, but it’s about the person figuring it out a piece at a time.

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