Association of Family support with self-care activites of patient with spinal cord injuries: A correlational study

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Mohammad Haroon
Dr.Dildar Muhammad
Javed Iqbal
Abdul Hameed
Amir Sultan


Correlation, Family Support, Self-Care Activities, Spinal Cord Injuries, Patients



Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a destructive, spiteful, and hurtful condition that may or may not be traumatic. It produces disturbance in both motor and sensory functions, which affect the social, physical, and psychological well-being of the patients.  The aim of the study was to assess the family support and self-care activities among patients with spinal cord injuries and to determine the relationship between the variables.

Methodology: A cross-sectional (correlational) study was conducted on 169 patients using consecutive sampling technique. Ethics approval was obtained from Ethics Review Committee of Khyber Medical University. Data were collected through validated tools; the Functional Independence Measure was used to assess self-care activities, while the Family Support Scale was used to assess family support. Data were analyzed by SPSS Version-22.

Results: The average age of the participants was 32.2511.57 years. Most (79%) of the participants were male, while 21% were female. The mean score of family support was 34.6 14.97, while the mean score of the functional independence measure was 91.5  22.1. There was a significant positive correlation between the variables (r- .785, p< .001).

Conclusion: It is concluded from the findings of the study that family support affects self-care activities and has a positive correlation among patients with spinal cord injuries. Based on these findings policymakers and health professionals are recommended to arrange educational programs for families to effectively rehabilitate individuals with disabilities.

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