A conceptual model for identifying, preventing, and managing secondary conditions in people with disabilities

Academic Article


  • Secondary conditions are considered a direct consequence of having a disability, and many are presumed to be preventable. Although a few researchers have noted that people with disabilities are exposed to several secondary conditions, including pain, fatigue, depression, and obesity, what is lacking in the literature is a conceptual framework for understanding the antecedents, risk factors, and consequences of secondary conditions. To move the rehabilitation and public health professions toward a more unified approach to understanding and managing secondary conditions as well as distinguishing them from chronic and associated conditions, this article proposes a set of criteria for defining secondary conditions and a conceptual model that considers the potential factors associated with their onset, impact, severity, and management. © 2011 American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • Physical Therapy  Journal
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    Author List

  • Rimmer JH; Chen MD; Hsieh K
  • Start Page

  • 1728
  • End Page

  • 1739
  • Volume

  • 91
  • Issue

  • 12