Work and SCI: a pilot randomized controlled study of an online resource for job-seekers with spinal cord dysfunction Academic Article uri icon


  • STUDY DESIGN:A prospective, parallel randomized controlled trial (RCT). OBJECTIVES:To test the preliminary effects of an online resource targeted to job-seekers with spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D), and to determine the feasibility of proceeding to a full-scale RCT. SETTING:A community cohort in Australia. METHODS:Forty-eight adults (M = 42 years, SD = 10.95, 27 males) were randomized to receive 4-weeks access to the Work and SCI resource (n = 25) or to a wait-list control group (n = 23). The Work and SCI intervention involved six stand-alone learning modules which provided job-searching and career-planning information through text, videos, and interactive activities. Self-report measures were administered at baseline and after 4 weeks: Job Procurement Self-Efficacy Scale (JSES), Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R), and Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). RESULTS:Online usage data identified high uptake of the Work and SCI resource, although study attrition was problematic. Intention-to-treat analyses failed to reach statistical significance, whereas complete data revealed a significant interaction effect for optimism (LOT-R). CONCLUSION:Further research to develop and enhance Work and SCI is indicated. Remediable strategies to optimize recruitment and statistical power in a future definitive RCT are discussed. SPONSORSHIP:This project was funded by the auDA Foundation (project 16019).


  • Dorstyn, D
  • Roberts, R
  • Murphy, Gregory
  • Craig, A
  • Kneebone, I
  • Stewart, P
  • Chur-Hansen, A
  • Marshall, R
  • Clark, J
  • Migliorini, Christine

publication date

  • 2019