Christina Papadimitriou

Christina Papadimitriou
Oakland University · Department of Health Sciences

PhD in Sociology

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August 2009 - present
Northern Illinois University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2007 - August 2009
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
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  • Research Associate
January 1997 - January 2006
Anatolia College - American College of Thessaloniki
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (60)
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Objective The Our Peers-Empowerment and Navigational Support (OP-ENS) community-based participatory research study developed, implemented, and evaluated a peer navigator intervention aimed at improving health and healthcare access among Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities. Peer navigators are community partners with physical disabilities train...
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Date Presented 03/31/2022 This proposal describes the practice of hoping in unique ways based on family care partners’ and rehabilitation practitioners’ experiences and relationships with each other. Understanding hope within the unique life-worlds of family care partners and rehabilitation practitioners is useful for OTs as they support family thr...
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The purpose of this study is to describe the clinical lifeworld of rehabilitation practitioners who work with patients in disordered states of consciousness (DoC) after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). We interviewed 21 practitioners using narrative interviewing methods from two specialty health systems that admit patients in DoC to inpatient r...
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Research Objectives Describe family caregiver perceptions of their communication with rehabilitation practitioners (RP) when treating persons in disordered consciousness (DOC) after severe brain injury (sBI). Design Qualitative, using narrative interviewing and grounded theory methods to understand caregiver perceptions of interactions with RP. Cr...
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Research Objectives To describe the extent of collaboration in everyday treatment decisions between practitioners (e.g., rehabilitation therapists, physiatrists) and family caregivers of a patient with disorders of consciousness (DoC). Design Ethnographic approach used rehabilitation observations triangulated with narrative interviews. Setting Ob...
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Objective(s) To frame the concept and practice of Person-Centered Rehabilitation (PCR) in adult physical rehabilitation, derived from a scoping review and thematic synthesis of the literature. Data Sources English-language empirical or conceptual papers, published from January 2007 to February 2020, were found through searches in databases (PubMed...
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Background People with disabilities (PwD) have been facing multiple health, social, and economic disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, stemming from structural disparities experienced for long time. This paper aims to present the PREparedness, RESponse and SySTemic transformation (PRE-RE-SyST): a model for a disability-inclusive pandemic respon...
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Date Presented Accepted for AOTA INSPIRE 2021 but unable to be presented due to online event limitations. This qualitative, observational research study explored treatment encounters between patients with disorders of consciousness, rehabilitation practitioners, and family to understand how treatment decisions occurred. The data showed shared decis...
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Objective: To develop a cross-professional model framing the concept and practice of Person-Centered Rehabilitation (PCR) in adult populations, based on a scoping review and thematic analysis of the literature. Data sources: Key databases (PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL), snowballing searches, and experts' consultation were the data sources for English-...
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Background People with disabilities (PwD) have been facing multiple health, social, and economic disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, stemming from structural disparities experienced for long time. This paper aims to present the PREparation, RESponse and SySTemic transformation (PRE-RE-SyST): a model for a disability-inclusive pandemic respons...
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People with disabilities may be disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We synthesize the literature on broader health and social impacts on people with disabilities arising from lockdown-related measures. Methods: Scoping review with thematic analysis. Up to mid-September 2020, seven scientific databases and three pre-print servers...
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Importance: Disability studies–informed occupational therapy is predicated on full and equal partnerships among occupational therapy practitioners, researchers, and disability communities. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an approach to research that aligns with this vision yet is not without challenges. Understanding the tensions t...
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This study aims to synthesize the literature on any disproportionate health risks or consequences of a COVID-19 infection for people with disabilities. Scoping review with a descriptive thematic analysis was carried out. Up to mid-September 2020, seven scientific databases and three preprint servers were searched to identify empirical or perspectiv...
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Peer support is a central tenant of the Disability Rights Movements and is based on the recognition that experiential knowledge and shared experiences provide opportunities for informational, emotional and appraisal support amongst people with physical disabilities. “Peer support interventions” is an umbrella term used to describe a range of ancill...
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Adapt a conceptual process model of shared decision making (SDM) to include family caregivers that aligns with the unique rehabilitation needs of persons with who cannot advocated for themselves such as disorders of consciousness (DOC) and dementia in order to develop relationship-centered assessments of SDM processes. The SDM literature is robust;...
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Date Presented 03/27/20 Therapists’ effective use of communicative and relational strategies optimizes patient engagement in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. However, few studies have described patients’ and therapists’ shared and differing beliefs about how therapists use these strategies. Thus, the purpose of this qualitative study is to descri...
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Objective To develop a protocol for a scoping review mapping as well as thematically analysing the literature on the impact of, and responses to, the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on people with disabilities with other layer(s) of individual vulnerability or social disadvantage . Method Scientific databases (Medline/PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, Ag...
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Hundreds of standard measures have been developed to assess a diverse array of conditions, characteristics, and outcomes essential to the practice of medical rehabilitation. These measures provide a common metric needed to coordinate care, communicate with stakeholders, and assess treatment efficacy. Allied health professionals typically rely on fu...
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Purpose: To describe the amount, range, and key characteristics (e.g., publication years, methods, topics) of the person-centered rehabilitation literature in adults with physical impairments. Method: Following the published scoping review protocol, papers were identified through: three major databases, snowball searches and expert consultation. Tw...
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People with disabilities (PWD) are a health disparities population who experience well-documented physical, structural, attitudinal, and financial barriers to health care. The disability rights community is deeply engaged in advocacy to promote health care justice for all PWD. As the community continues to work toward systems change, there is a cri...
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Objective: To map the literature pertaining to adult Person-Centered Rehabilitation (PCR).Data Sources: Following our previously published scoping review protocol, data were identified through: three major databases, snowball searches and expert consultation.Study Selection: Two independent reviewers identified English-language papers which address...
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Date Presented 4/20/2018 This ethnography explored the collaborative process of a community-based participatory research (CBPR) team, which was shaped by team members’ various occupational identities. Dual identities, although at times challenging to navigate, may serve as a bridge, facilitating collaboration in CBPR teams. Primary Author and Speak...
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We use analytic pluralism to analyze a data excerpt from medical rehabilitation of an inpatient with spinal cord injury and his physical therapist to examine how the concept of motivation is used in clinical practice. We employ three theoretical perspectives in order to explore ways of understanding this concept: Social Determination Theory, Phenom...
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Objective: To characterize the peer-reviewed quality improvement (QI) literature in rehabilitation. Data sources: Five electronic databases were searched for English-language articles from 2010 to 2016. Keywords for quality improvement and safety management were searched for in combination with keywords for rehabilitation content and journals. S...
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Date Presented 3/31/2017 Patient participation (engagement) is a keystone of patient-centered care. This study provided evidence to support how active participation in occupational therapy would enhance patient outcomes at discharge and 1 yr postinjury. We also identified barriers to patient participation in rehabilitation. Primary Author and Speak...
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Date Presented 4/7/2016 This study identified barriers to patient engagement implementation in inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation. An exploratory model that yields data for intervention development was proposed that would help to characterize and support engagement in care for neurological rehabilitation. Primary Author and Speaker: Alex W...
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Purpose: To explore the relationship between client-centredness (CC) and work in teams in inpatient rehabilitation. Methods: Case study, mixed-method design, with strong qualitative component. Methods include ethnographic observations of team and clinical encounters for 6 months; healthcare professional (HCP) interviews. HCP n=45; Observations =...
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To evaluate patients' and caregivers' abilities to comprehend information on rehabilitation quality measures, and select high-quality rehabilitation facility. We used exploratory, qualitative study using cognitive interviewing. Three Outpatient rehabilitation facilities in metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, USA. The study participants included 27 pati...
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This qualitative study examines the spiritual needs of staff nurses. Focus group participants discussed "care of the patient" and "care of self." We use theory to argue that self-care is essential for the care of both nurses and patients, and spirituality is the foundation of nurses' work.
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In this introduction to the special issue on current thinking in qualitative research and occupational therapy and science, the authors focus on the importance of rigorous qualitative research to inform occupational therapy practice. The authors chosen for this special issue reflect a "second generation of qualitative researchers" who are critical,...
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In this didactic paper, I offer an example of how we can use a phenomenologically-informed sociological approach to analyse ethnographic and interview data from a clinical encounter. I show that the value of this approach is not that we will reach a more accurate interpretation of qualitative data, but that it opens up multiple ways of seeing and i...
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This article uses Heidegger's notion of humanp temporality to illuminate the meaning of the temporal disruption that can occur after traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). Though time is seen as important in rehabilitation practice, especially in occupational theory, it is often conceptualised in linear terms thus missing its existential structure. O...
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This paper uses Heidegger’s notion of human temporality to illuminate the meaning of the temporal disruption that can occur after traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). Though time is seen as important in rehabilitation practice, especially in occupational theory, it is often conceptualized in linear terms thus missing its existential structure. Our...
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This paper discusses the creative process of re‐embodiment experienced by physically disabled adults who become wheelchair users. Interviews and observational data of adults (rehabilitation patients and persons living in the community) who use wheelchairs show how they redefine, re‐examine or modify past experiences, abilities, lifestyles and habit...
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In this paper I explicate what it means to see phenomenologically for an able-bodied researcher in the field of disability, and how this seeing yields a non-reductionistic understanding of the phenomenon of disability. My aim is to show how in this context, I, as a human and social scientist can use phenomenological methodology for both collecting...
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This paper focuses on what takes place during the rehabilitation of spinal cord injured (SCI) adults. It analyses the cardinal rehabilitation task of transforming the compromised, limited and injured corporeal style of newly injured adults (best described phenomenologically as an 'I cannot do' or 'I no longer can') into a new style of embodiment, o...
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This paper discusses conceptual and methodological concerns in the study of physical disability and the human body from the perspective of a phenomenologically informed sociology.1 The study of physical disability and the human body has claimed the attention of philosophers, social scientists, psychologists, physicians, public health administrators...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Boston University, 2000. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves [187]-205).

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