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Table 3 Importance attributed to the components of a self-management program by community living individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury

From: Views of people with traumatic spinal cord injury about the components of self-management programs and program delivery: a Canadian pilot study

Component Very unimportant Unimportant Neither important or unimportant Important Very important
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Exercise 1 (1.0) 2 (2.0) 2 (2.0) 41 (41.4) 53 (53.5)
Pain management 1 (1.0) 5 (5.1) 8 (8.1) 41 (41.4) 44 (44.4)
Fatigue management 0 (0.0) 5 (5.1) 16 (16.2) 50 (50.5) 28 (28.3)
Relaxation techniques 5 (5.1) 9 (9.1) 44 (44.4) 32 (32.3) 9 (9.1)
Dealing with depression 5 (5.1) 6 (6.1) 12 (12.1) 42 (42.4) 34 (34.3)
Nutrition 2 (2.0) 3 (3.0) 0 (0.0) 43 (43.4) 51 (51.5)
Communicating with family 2 (2.0) 1 (1.0) 17 (17.2) 43 (43.4) 36 (36.4)
Communicating with HCPs 2 (2.0) 2 (2.0) 8 (8.1) 47 (47.5) 40 (40.4)
Problem solving 3 (3.0) 1 (1.0) 14 (14.1) 41 (41.4) 40 (40.4)
Goal setting/action planning 1 (1.0) 4 (4.0) 23 (23.2) 47 (47.5) 24 (24.2)
Information/education on aging with a SCI 1 (1.0) 1 (1.0) 10 (10.1) 45 (45.5) 42 (42.4)
Information/education on sexuality and SCI 2 (2.0) 5 (5.1) 24 (24.2) 50 (50.5) 18 (18.2)
Relationship issues (e.g., with your spouse) 2 (2.0) 4 (4.0) 20 (20.2) 41 (41.4) 32 (32.3)
Confidence 2 (2.0) 1 (1.0) 13 (13.1) 43 (43.4) 40 (40.4)
Decision making abilities 2 (2.0) 3 (3.0) 13 (13.1) 47 (47.5) 34 (34.3)
Can provide mentorship opportunities 2 (2.0) 3 (3.0) 35 (35.4) 43 (43.4) 16 (16.2)
Can receive mentorship opportunities 3 (3.0) 3 (3.0) 35 (35.4) 40 (40.4) 18 (18.2)
Learning about volunteer opportunities 2 (2.0) 9 (9.1) 48 (48.5) 29 (29.3) 11 (11.1)
Skills to enter/re-enter to job market 4 (4.0) 6 (6.1) 20 (20.2) 36 (36.4) 33 (33.3)
Issues of transitioning from rehabilitation to the community 4 (4.0) 3 (3.0) 15 (15.2) 37 (37.4) 40 (40.4)
Overall importance 25 (25.3) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 34 (34.3) 40 (40.4)
  1. Abbreviations: SCI Spinal Cord Injury, HCP Health Care Professional.