Barriers to returning to work for people with spinal cord injuries: A focus group study

Simon K K Chan, Wai Kwong Man

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The rate of employment for people with spinal cord injuries is relatively low, especially among Asians. To help individuals with spinal cord injuries return to work or retain employment, rehabilitation professionals must understand the barriers to employment and intervene to reduce or remove them. Hence, a focus group study was administered to 16 people with spinal cord injuries to explore return to work barriers. Various ideas, beliefs, responses, and values at different stages of work resettlement were elicited from both employed and unemployed participants, and then summarized. According to the results, several modifications of existing forms of rehabilitation intervention are necessary, as are further research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005


  • Barriers
  • Focus group
  • Return to work
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation


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