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Chronic Conditions Course

Chronic Conditions Course for people with an SCI

Would you like to learn different management strategies and skills to improve your wellbeing, reduce stress and improve coping with pain?

Randy Upper, one of the researchers, explains the program in a video in the link below.CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Purpose of Study: The primary purpose of the study is to explore the effectiveness of the program in reducing psychological distress and improve coping and quality of life among persons with SCI. These courses were designed because so many people never seek treatment, but many have access to the Internet. Because sustaining a spinal cord injury can often be connected with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain it was felt to be important to provide information that could be used to manage these symptoms.

Who is eligible to participate:  The research is open to all Canadian residents and is designed for those who have symptoms of depression, anxiety, or pain; have sustained an SCI for more than 3 months; are 18 years of age or older; are comfortable using and have access to the Internet; and have a local medical contact available in case of emergencies. The research is not recommended if you have severe problems with alcohol or drugs, mania, psychosis, or strong thoughts of suicide. 

What is involved: Participants interested in the courses can apply online by completing the online screen. Once the screen is completed, a telephone interview will be set up with the research staff to discuss your concerns and ensure the courses will be suitable for you. Among the participants found to be suitable, half will be begin the Chronic Conditions Course for persons with SCI while the other half will receive Psychoeducation SCI Rehabilitation Course.

The Chronic Conditions Course for persons with SCI is comprised of 5 lessons. Depending on the complexity of the lesson, it is recommended that clients spend 1 to 2 weeks on a given lesson. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online, and “Do it Yourself” (DIY) activities and resources that are reviewed offline, as well as additional resources for common concerns. With the suggested time frame, clients should complete The Chronic Conditions Course in 8 to 10 weeks.

The Psychoeducation SCI Rehabilitation Course for those with SCI consists of 5 education lessons which provide background on how a spinal cord injury can occur and the potential areas affected. The course also provides an overview of the different mental health and pain concerns experienced by persons with SCI, along with common interventions for symptom management. Participants will have 1 to 2 weeks to learn each lesson. The Psychoeducation SCI Rehabilitation Course should take 8 to 10 weeks to complete.

Participants will receive up to $50 in Amazon gift cards.

If you would like to participate or would like to know more about the study, please call or email the Principle Investigator:

Dr. Swati Mehta, PhD
Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute
Tel: (519) 685-4292 ext 42359

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