Susan D. Newman, PhD RN CRRN, is an assistant professor at the College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.
Evidence-Based Advocacy: Using Photovoice to Identify Barriers and Facilitators to Community Participation After Spinal Cord Injury
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2010 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 47–59, March-April 2010
How to Cite
Newman, S. D. (2010), Evidence-Based Advocacy: Using Photovoice to Identify Barriers and Facilitators to Community Participation After Spinal Cord Injury. Rehabilitation Nursing, 35: 47–59. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2010.tb00031.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- community participation;
- disability advocacy;
- participatory research;
- spinal cord injury
People with spinal cord injury (SCI) face many environmental barriers to community participation. In this article, a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project that implemented the Photovoice method with 10 individuals with SCI to gather evidence of the environmental factors affecting their participation in the community in and around Charleston, SC, is described. The specific aim of this project was to use Photovoice to create an evidence base of environmental barriers and facilitators to community participation through analysis of data based on the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health taxonomy of environmental factors. Barriers and facilitators were most frequently photographed in the built environment. The participants have started to share their evidence of issues affecting citizens with disabilities with the public and policy makers. The results of this project illustrate that Photovoice is effective in empowering individuals with SCI to address environmental factors affecting their community participation.