University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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Faculty

Clarissa Saunders-Newton PhD, OTR/L

Clarissa Saunders-Newton

Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 133
Phone: (323) 442-1827
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Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Science
University of Southern California
2009

Master of Science (MS) in Gerontology
University of Southern California
1994

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
Loma Linda University
1983

Publications

Journal Articles

Jackson, J. M., Carlson, M. E., Rubayi, S., Scott, M. D., Atkins, M. S., Blanche, E. J., Saunders-Newton, C. D., Mielke, S. E., Wolfe, M. K., & Clark, F. A. (2010). Qualitative study of principles pertaining to lifestyle and pressure ulcer risk in adults with spinal cord injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32, 567-578. doi:10.3109/09638280903183829. Link to full text Abstract →← Abstract 

PURPOSE: The aim of this article is to identify overarching principles that explain how daily lifestyle considerations affect pressure ulcer development as perceived by adults with spinal cord injury (SCI).
 
METHOD: Qualitative in-depth interviews over an 18-month period with 20 adults with spinal injury and a history of pressure ulcers were conducted using narrative and thematic analyses.
 
RESULTS: Eight complexly interrelated daily lifestyle principles that explain pressure ulcer development were identified: perpetual danger; change/disruption of routine; decay of prevention behaviors; lifestyle risk ratio; individualization; simultaneous presence of prevention awareness and motivation; lifestyle trade-off; and access to needed care, services and supports.
 
CONCLUSIONS: Principles pertaining to the relationship between in-context lifestyle and pressure ulcer risk underscore previous quantitative findings, but also lead to new understandings of how risk unfolds in everyday life situations. Pressure ulcer prevention for community-dwelling adults with SCI can potentially be enhanced by incorporating principles, such as the decay of prevention behaviors or lifestyle trade-off, that highlight special patterns indicative of elevated risk. The identified principles can be used to theoretically drive future research or to guide innovative lifestyle-focused intervention approaches. Public policies that promote short-term preventive interventions at critical junctures throughout a person's life should be considered.