A Mixed Methods Study of the Experiences and Effectiveness of a Soft Brace for Adults with Degenerative Scoliosis

Park, Adam, Bettany-Saltikov, Josette and Ling, Jonathan (2020) A Mixed Methods Study of the Experiences and Effectiveness of a Soft Brace for Adults with Degenerative Scoliosis. In: Spinal Deformities in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults. Intechopen.

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This chapter details a mixed-methods investigation of the experiences and
effectiveness of a soft brace for adults with degenerative scoliosis. Study 1 explored
patients’ experiences of living with scoliosis, together with the pain and quality of
life they experienced as a result of scoliosis. The secondary aims of the qualitative
aspect of the study were to explore patient perceptions of wearing the soft brace
together with the overall functionality and practicalities of the brace design. We
found the main experiences of living with scoliosis in people over 50 were one
of constant pain and limited activity. The interviews also identified the benefits
of wearing the brace along with design issues associated with the comfort and
practicalities of wearing the brace. Study 2 investigated the quantitative effects
the brace had on adults with degenerative scoliosis. The quantitative questionnaire
results were compared with those from the control group who did not receive the
brace. Overall, we found that patients in interviews reported improvements in their
quality of life, although these improvements were not reflected in the quantitative
results. Implications of our findings for the treatment of adults with scoliosis by
bracing, and directions for future work are discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Sciences > Health Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Jonathan Ling
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 19:01
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 11:02
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12012
ORCID for Jonathan Ling: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2932-4474

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