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.

Article:

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) | http://sci-health.org/

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