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Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2013 Oct;47(5):1154-62. doi: 10.1590/S0080-623420130000500020.

[Ability for self-care and its association with sociodemographic factors of people with spinal cord injury].

[Article in Portuguese]

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1
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, NatalRN, Brazil.
2
Department of Nursing, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, NatalRN, Brazil.
3
Department of Nursing, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Campina GrandePB, Brazil.

Abstract

This study aimed to verify the association between self-care ability and sociodemographic factors of people with spinal cord injury (SCI). It was a cross-sectional study, conducted in 2012, in all 58 Basic Health Units of Natal/RN, Brazil. Seventy-three subjects completed a sociodemographic form and Self-Care Agency Scale. Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS,including Cronbach's Alpha, Chi-square, Fisher's and contingency coefficient tests. The Cronbach's alpha was 0.788. The result verified that sex (p = 0.028), religion (p <0.001), education (p = 0.046), current age (p = 0.027), SCI time (p = 0.020) and the SCI type (p = 0.012) were variables associated with self-care ability of the subjects. It was concluded that sociodemographic factors may interfere with the self-care ability of persons with SCI, and nurses should consider this aspect during the execution of the nursing process.

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