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)
On Wednesday, January 28th , Dr. Aiko Thompson, Assistant Professor of the Department of Health Sciences and Research, Medical University of South Carolina, will present on “Changing Muscle Evoked Responses to Improve Locomotion after Spinal Cord Injury." Click to view the --flyer--
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.
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."
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.
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)
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--