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Volume 4 (2004), Pages 536-543
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2004.110
Research Article

Quality of Life: Information and Learning Resources in Supporting People with Severe Life-Changing Injuries to Return to Independence

1Library and Learning Coordinator, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), P.O. Box 540, Christchurch, New Zealand
2Allan Bean Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
3School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Health and Sciences, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), P.O. Box 540, Christchurch, New Zealand

Received 21 May 2004; Revised 8 July 2004; Accepted 8 July 2004

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2004 Bernadette Cassidy et al.

Abstract

This paper reports the first stages of the development of an integrated care model for people with massive sudden change in their lives with special reference to spinal cord injuries. The model aims to be holistic by placing the patient at the centre of the service. In addition to providing medical care for physical injuries, the model emphasises at the outset that regaining a good quality of life postinjury is expected. There is quality of life after change if individuals and their support network are provided with access to quality information and evidence for them to make informed choices. In New Zealand, this has been referred to as “life beyond bugger”!