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Longevity After Injury Project

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Our Name has Changed!!

Our research program has been expanded beyond longevity after injury to include a wider array of outcomes and types of disabling conditions. Therefore, the Longevity after Injury Project is now one of two arms of a larger program of research, entitled Health, Employment, and Longevity Project for people with disabling conditions. Whereas the longevity after injury project focuses on health and longevity, the second arm of our research program focuses on employment and is entitled Beyond 90 Days: Successful Employment after Disability. The overall project, as well as each of the two arms, consider disability throughout the entire lifecycle. You may find information on the Health, Employment, and Longevity Project on our website (www.helpafterdisability.com), as well as each of the two components (www.longevityafterinjury.com and www.beyond90days.com)

 
 
Summer Student Program
Our 2014 summer student intern, Taylor Hutt, won 2nd place in the category "Health Disparities Research Award" at Research Day on Nov. 14, 2014.  Her oral presentation was on "Racial Disparities, neighborhood disadvantage, and health outcomes among persons with spinal cord injury".
 

Grand Rounds
On Tuesday, November18th , Dr. Yue Cao, Assistant Professor of the Department of Health Sciences and Research, Medical University of South Carolina, presented on “Subjective and Objective Environmental Factors' Influence and Spinal Cord Injury." Click to view the --flyer--

Open House
On Thursday, November 6th, our team participated in an Open House Celebration. This celebration showcased our work and accomplishments, along with the work of several other researchers at MUSC. Dr. David Cole, President of the Medical University of South Carolina, spoke about the Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions and what the accomplishments meant to the Medical University.

Webcast
On Thursday, November20th , Dr. Lee Saunders, Research Assistant Professor of the College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, presented on “Healthcare Access and Utilization after Spinal Cord Injury."

Focus Group-GEORGIA

On September 18, 2014, Dr. Michelle Meade from University of Michigan, along with our Stakeholder Specialist, Richard Aust, facilitated 2 focus group meetings at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta Ga. Each meeting provided a different group of people with Multiple Sclerosis (college educated with white collar jobs, high school/Technical educated with blue collar jobs and minorities with white and blue collar jobs) with an opportunity to discuss and share their employment experiences after MS. The majority of agenda of the focus groups consisted of questions designed to elicit information about the personal, environmental, and policy related factors that influenced job retention, satisfaction, and longevity after their MS diagnosis. To read more view our --blog--.
 
Student Achievements
Watch our PhD student, Nicole DiPiro, talk about her manuscript published online by Spinal Cord. Nicole’s manuscript investigated  how pain (intensity and interference) and fatigue mediate the relationship between the use of mobility aids and moderate-to-severe depressive symptomatology among ambulatory participants with SCI. Please visit our "Videos for Professionals" webpage under Media to view the clip. To read the manuscript, please click on --Article--
 
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Fact Sheet

Our Health Outcome Research for Underserved People with SCI Project has created a factsheet with information pertaining to African Americans with SCI.  The factsheet illustrates the relationship between preventative behaviors and secondary health conditions.  It also mentions risk behaviors and chronic diseases common among African Americans with SCI.  Please visit the Health Outcome Research for Underserved People with SCI webpage underneath "Funded Projects" on the left side of this page.

Research Bytes

December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Below are a few research bytes from our findings.

  • A study was designed to investigate the relationship of injury perceptions and hope for recovery with life satisfaction, purpose in life, and depressive symptoms measured during inpatient rehabilitation after spinal cord injury (SCI). Principal components analysis indicated an SCI perceptions factor regarding severity, permanence, and cure control of SCI, and a second factor related to hope for recovery. Whereas hope for recovery was nearly universal, injury perceptions were more varied. Favorable injury perceptions of SCI were predictive of purpose in life, whereas hope for recovery was predictive of life satisfaction. (Krause & Edles; 2014)

  • A study was designed to identify changes in hospitalizations, days hospitalized, non-routine physician visits, and self-reported fitness over 4 measurements separated by 4- to 5-year intervals among participants with spinal cord injury (SCI), while testing for the effects of age, time since injury, and age at injury onset. Results of the growth model indicated some limited cohort effects for chronologic age, years since injury, and age at injury onset at baseline. However, significant time effects were observed for each of the health indices, with hospitalizations and physician visits increasing and self-reported fitness decreasing. Significant cohort by time interactions were observed for both number of hospitalizations and days hospitalized with years post injury and chronologic age. (Krause, Cao, & Bozard; 2013)

Disclaimer

The information posted on the MUSC: Longevity after Injury Project website is intended for educational purposes and should not be construed as medical advice. --Further Details--

 
 
 

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