Can targeted job-information for adults with spinal cord dysfunction be effectively delivered online? A pilot study Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE:To pilot a novel email-based information package (Work and SCI) for job-seekers with an acquired spinal cord injury (SCI) or spinal cord dysfunction (SCI/D). STUDY DESIGN:Prospective, non-randomized, repeated measures trial. SETTING:Community dwelling cohort in Australia. PARTICIPANTS:Five people with SCI (mean age 46.4 years, SD = 10.2; 4 female) initially reviewed Work and SCI. Twenty-four with SCI/D subsequently enrolled, of whom 16 (mean age 46.4 years, SD = 11.1; 7 female), completed the intervention. INTERVENTION:Intervention participants accessed Work and SCI over a 4-week period. OUTCOME MEASURES:Individual changes in pre-post scores for the My Vocational Situation Scale, Job Procurement Self-Efficacy Scale, Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and Life Orientation Test-Revised were examined. RESULTS:Reliable change in pre-post scores across outcomes were reported by 38% (n = 6) of participants. Favorable comments on the Work and SCI resource were provided in addition to suggestions for improvement. CONCLUSIONS:Preliminary data suggest that Work and SCI may help to establish vocational interests among job-seekers with a SCI/D, however further work is needed to enhance participant compliance. This might include moderator support to promote and maintain participation. A controlled design will also help to identify factors that influence engagement with the Work and SCI resource.


  • Dorstyn, Diana
  • Roberts, Rachel
  • Murphy, Gregory
  • Kneebone, Ian
  • Craig, Ashley
  • Chur-Hansen, Anna
  • Migliorini, Christine
  • Potter, Elizabeth
  • Marshall, Ruth
  • Clark, Jillian
  • Neeson, Sharron
  • Stewart, Peter

publication date

  • 2019