Health & Wellness Literacy

YouTube as an On-line Disability Self-Management Tool in Persons With Spinal Cord Injury

On-line knowledge sharing of disability self-management offers a learning advantage in that it can be individualized to on-line community members’ needs. It also promotes accessibility by removing the geographic, transportation, financial, time, and distance barriers that often accompany face-to-face, patient oriented education. A consumer-focused training project conducted at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Spinal Cord Injury aims to promote self-management skills in persons with SCI in the areas of skin care, cardiometabolic risk reduction, and obesity prevention. The training framework incorporates a YouTube-based, shared video social network that connects participants with community-based resources necessary to achieve independence, stability, and community integration. The purpose of this article is to describe a preliminary analysis of SCI-specific educational videos posted to the YouTube Web site. It is anticipated that findings from the project will enable individuals with SCI to self-manage health and function more independently in their daily lives.


Alexander Libin, Manon Maitland Schladen, Inger Ljungberg, Brenda Tsai, Sydney Jacobs, Kendra Reinauer, Shannon Minnick, Miriam Spungen, and Suzanne Groah. YouTube as an On-line Disability Self-Management Tool in Persons With Spinal Cord Injury. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil 2011;16(3):84–92 © 2011 Thomas Land Publishers, Inc.

Copyright: Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) |

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