The psychological features of spinal cord injured (SCI) patients involved in the Madras Paraplegia Project are described. Three hundred and twenty-eight patients were studied. Based on personality tests, 11% were extroverts, 14% were introverts and 76% were neither extroverts nor introverts. Twenty-four percent of the subjects were neurotic, 11% had a depressive illness, and 26% had pathological anxiety. The study has highlighted the psychological status of SCI patients, and the usefulness of a psychiatric team in the multidisciplinary care of such patients. This is probably the first large psychological study of SCI patients from a developing country.
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Somasundaram, O., Balakrishnan, S., Ravindran, O. et al. A psychological study of spinal cord injured patients involved in the Madras Paraplegia Project. Spinal Cord 30, 799–802 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1038/sc.1992.154
- spinal cord injury
- psychological aspects
- Madras Paraplegia Project
- personality inventory