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Keywords:

  • Super-Link System Theory;
  • spinal cord injury;
  • participatory action research;
  • rehabilitation nursing

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to integrate and evaluate the spinal cord injury rehabilitation nursing theory named Super-Link System Theory using participatory action research.

Method

Data were collected from October 2007 to September 2008 in a rehabilitation hospital by means of interviews, participant observations, documentary resources, case conferences and reports, and participants’ self-reflective inquiries. The Super-Link System Theory was introduced to 31 rehabilitation nurses. The nurses selected a key reference group including the researcher to facilitate the participatory action research process to implement and evaluate the theory. Data were analyzed using content analysis.

Results

The findings shows that several key concepts were clarified and specific nursing interventions were identified. Furthermore, an integrated link system from the hospital to the community through both rehabilitation nurses and discharge planners was established.

Conclusion

The study demonstrated an evidence base for an evolving theory of care, and empowered nurses to make sustainable changes to their practice.