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Author of summary: Claudia Zanini (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Maino P, Zanini C. Il dolore tra medico e paziente, come comunicarlo, come comprenderlo. Rivista per le Medical Humanities. 2013;24(7):16-23.
 

When it comes to chronic pain, communication plays a crucial role, because to establish the diagnosis and propose a treatment, the doctor needs a patients'...

Swiss Paraplegic Research in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a unique report with the title “International perspectives on spinal cord injury” (IPSCI). The report has already been published in English and now recently also in German, French and Spanish. It can be downloaded in the various languages at...

Author of summary: Ursina Arnet (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Arnet U, Muzykewicz DA, Friden J, Lieber RL. Intrinsic Hand Muscle Function, Part 1: Creating a Functional Grasp. The Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume). 2013;38(11):2093-99.
 

To obtain an optimal and functional grasping movement, the intrinsic muscles should be integrated when performing a tendon...

Authors of summary: Jan D. Reinhardt (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Reinhardt JD, Pennycott A, Fellinghauer BA. Impact of a film portrayal of a police officer with spinal cord injury on attitudes towards disability: a media effects experiment. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2014;36(4):289-94.
 

Media portrayals of people with disabilities play an important role in...

Author of summary: Sue Bertschy (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Original article: Bertschy S, Reinhardt JD. Disability Sport in the Swiss Media. In: Schantz OJ, Gilbert K, eds. Heroes or Zeros? The Media's Perceptions of Paralympic Sport. Common Ground Publishing; 2012.
 

Disability Sports are not only underrepresented in the media, but also the way of media coverage differs from able...

Authors: Claudia Zanini and Julia Amann (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
 

Quantitative and qualitative research methods are two different traditions, whereby quantitative research is about measuring things and qualitative research is more explorative, aiming to understand the 'insider' perspective of a phenomenon.

Quantitative and qualitative research are two different...

Author: Andrea Glässel (Swiss Paraplegic Research)
Sources: 1) Fink A. The Survey Handbook. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications; 2002. 2) Carter R, Lubinsky J, Domholdt E. Rehabilitation Research: Principles and Applications. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders; 2010.
 
A survey is a special type of questionnaire carried out to find answers to research questions. For...

Author of summary: Albert Marti (Swiss Paraplegic Research)

Original article: Marti A, Reinhardt JD, Graf S, Escorpizo R, Post MWM. To work or not to work: labour market participation of people with spinal cord injury living in Switzerland. Spinal Cord. 2012;50(7):521-6.
 

In Switzerland more people with spinal cord injury are employed (63.8%) than in other countries. This study...

Author: Fabian Diesner (Swiss Paraplegic Research)

Source: World Health Organization (WHO). International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Geneva: 2001.
 
We live in a society that, without doubt, is obsessed with health and quality of life, and quite often we have the urge to try to achieve optimal “functioning”. But what does it actually mean, to be...