Background The improvement of quality of life (QOL) is an essential aspect of rehabilitation. Life satisfaction is the subjective component of QOL. The level of QOL or life satisfaction and factors associated with perceived QOL for spinal cord injured (SCI) people have been established on the basis of SCI samples from the USA and from EU Member States. To date nothing has been published in the English literature regarding QOL of SCI people in the Associated Candidate Countries e.g. Poland.ObjectivesTo first assess subjective life satisfaction (global life satisfaction and satisfaction with life domains) in relation to objective QOL in a community sample of SCI people in Poland, second identify factors associated with life satisfaction in SCI and third evaluate participants' attitude towards integration with the EU.SettingThree or more rehabilitation centres in Poland, including the Specialist Rehabilitation Centre in Konstancin-Jeziorna, the Rehabilitation Centre "Reply" in Reply Slake and the Orthopaedic-Rehabilitation Hospital in Poznan.ParticipantsApproximately 1,000 SCI people who meet the following criteria: injured at level C5 or below; wheelchair dependent (ASIA grade: A, B or C); aged 18-50 at the time of injury; injured at least 1 year prior to the study; admitted to the rehabilitation centre within 6 months of injury; resident in Poland.ProcedureParticipants will be sent a package that includes a letter of explanation, a consent form, a questionnaire booklet and a stamped addressed envelope. 4-6 weeks after sending out the original questionnaire a reminder package will be posted to all of the participants who have not responded to the first letter. Measures28-item questionnaire about sports/recreation and education/employment status, the Life Satisfaction Questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.
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