Lifestyle and health conditions of adults with spinal cord injury

  • Inacia Sátiro Xavier de França Nurse, Ph.D. Professor at Universidade Estadual da Paraíba (UEPB), Campina Grande/PB, Brazil. email:
  • Bertha Cruz Enders Nurse, Ph.D. Professor at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). Natal/RN, Brazil. email:
  • Alexsandro Silva Coura Nurse, Ph.D. Professor at UEPB, Campina Grande/PB, Brazil. email:
  • Giovanna Karinny Pereira Cruz Nurse, Master's student at UFRN. Natal/RN, Brazil. email:
  • Jamilly da Silva Aragão Nurse, Master's student at UEPB. Campina Grande/PB, Brazil. email:
  • Déborah Raquel Carvalho de Oliveira Nurse, Master's student at UFRN. Natal/RN, Brazil. email:
Keywords: Spinal cord injuries, health conditions, lifestyle, nursing


Objective. To describe the lifestyle of adults with spinal cord injury and explore its relation with   some health conditions.

Methodology. Cross sectional study, in which a questionnaire containing sociodemographic, habits and health conditions variables was used. Forty-seven people with spinal cord injury participated and answered the self-report questionnaire.

Results. The group under study was predominantly male (92%), under 40 years of age (47%), and had low educational level (76%). The most frequent risk factors related to the lifestyle were: smoking (28%), alcohol consumption (36%), coffee consumption (92%) and being physically inactive (64%). Association was found between having four or more risk factors related to lifestyle and the loss of appetite, as well as constipation.

Conclusion. The actual inadequate lifestyle is associated with the health conditions of patients, and the nursing team should pay special attention to the education and promotion of health related to people with spinal cord injury.

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Sátiro Xavier de França, I., Cruz Enders, B., Silva Coura, A., Pereira Cruz, G. K., da Silva Aragão, J., & Carvalho de Oliveira, D. R. (2014). Lifestyle and health conditions of adults with spinal cord injury. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 32(2). Retrieved from