Objective: To examine the nature of rehabilitation outcomes one to five years post-injury.
Subjects: Persons with traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries.
Primary Measures: Community Integration Questionnaire, Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique, Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Health Survey Short Form, Satisfaction With Life Scale, Life Satisfaction Questionnaire.
Results: Factor analysis of the data with persons with TBI suggested a latent structure comprised of three factors: Activities, Participation and Subjective Well-Being. Low to moderate correlations were found between factors. Results with persons with spinal cord injury were inconclusive due to a small sample size.
Conclusions: Subjective well-being appears to be distinct from Activities and Participation; measures of life satisfaction should be used to supplement traditional measures of rehabilitation outcome. A publication summarizing the results is currently in press.