Internet use and its impact on the occupations of individuals with spinal cord injury

Rege, Sumita (2018) Internet use and its impact on the occupations of individuals with spinal cord injury. Internet Use and Occupations in Spinal Cord Injury, 50 (1). pp. 14-18. ISSN 0445-7706

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Abstract

Background: The ubiquity of the internet and its rapid acceptance as an information resource impacts all our lives today. The internet not only serves as an information channel but also shapes, tightens, and maintains social relations. Young educated individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) also turn to the internet for their social and informational needs regularly. However, a cursory review of the available occupational therapy literature reveals no significant study about how the internet impacts our clients. Objectives: This literature review was undertaken with the purpose of understanding how the internet mediates occupations for individuals with SCI. Study Design: Narrative Review of Literature. Methods: Articles about individuals with SCI usage of the internet and its effects on their occupations were reviewed, and the results were described using theoretical concepts from occupational science and therapy. Results: Laliberte-Rudman’s concept of occupational possibilities (what people take for granted as what they can and should do, and the occupations that are supported and promoted by various aspects of the broader systems and structures in which their lives are lived) is suggested as a way to think about how occupations are being shaped by the internet for individuals with SCI. The study’s findings also highlight the importance of linking individuals’ past and current selves while envisioning opportunities for the future as being a necessary component of adapting to their acquired disability. Conclusion: The findings of this review highlight the fact that the internet shapes the occupations of people with SCI in obvious and latent ways. Thus, today’s occupational therapists need to be aware of the effect the internet has on individuals with SCI.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health occupations; injuries; internet use; occupational possibilities; spinal cord.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Occupational Therapy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 03:52
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2018 03:52
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/151437

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