Original ArticleStudying the Quality of Life and Life Satisfaction among Persons with Spinal Cord Injury Undergoing Urinary ManagementBrillhart, Barbara PhD RN CRRN1,aAuthor Information 1Arizona State University, College of Nursing, Tempe, AZ aAssociate Professor Address correspondence to Barbara Brillhart PO Box 872602, Tempe, AZ 85287-2602, or e-mail[email protected]. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: July 2004 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 122-126 doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2004.tb00328.x Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this survey was to investigate quality of life and life satisfaction among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) who require various types of urinary management. A sample of 230 persons with SCI completed the Quality of Life Index (QLI), the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), and a demographic data form. Findings of this study indicated that there was no significant difference in QLI and SWLS with regard to the type of urinary management used (reflex voiding, indwelling catheter, suprapubic catheter, intermittent catheterization, external catheter or a combination of intermittent catheterization and external catheter). There also was no significant difference in QLI and SWLS with regard to the level of SCI or the incidence of hospitalizations for urinary infections. There were significantly higher QLI and SWLS scores for those with greater abilities to work, attend school, and participate in activities. There also was a significantly higher QLI for those without skin problems associated with urinary dysfunction. © 2004 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.