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Ergothérapeute expert en réparation du dommage corporel auprès des personnes blessées médullaires et remaniement identitaire

Abstract : Introduction: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) has multiple functional consequences. If someone causes a SCI, a legal process of compensation for physical injury can be initiated within the logic of the principle of full reparation, i.e. placing the person as much as possible in the same situation as before. As expert witnesses, occupational therapists haves to identity the different needs to increase occupational performances. This study sought to determine if occupational therapists as expert witnesses can answer the needs of identity rebuilding with a life project based on full reparation. Methods: A qualitative study with semi-structured interviews and questions arising from theories of social roles, identity rebuilding and Model of Human Occupation was chosen. Three groups were selected: occupational therapist expert witnesses (group 1) and persons with SCI – one group with a legal process (group 2) and another without (group 3). Results: Two occupational therapists and two persons with SCI (group 2 and 3) were interviewed. The study showed that occupational therapists help the persons by defining their needs to plan the future. Moreover, with a legal process persons had more funds and thus more possibilities to invest in their occupations. In contrast, the study showed that during the legal process, the persons were slowed in the rebuilding of their identity. Conclusion: An occupational therapist expertise seems to make identity rebuilding easier, contrary to the legal process which puts the person on hold. A quantitative study may offer a statistical power to these results.
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Adrien Pouzadoux. Ergothérapeute expert en réparation du dommage corporel auprès des personnes blessées médullaires et remaniement identitaire. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2017. ⟨dumas-01834490⟩

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