Dr. JP Niemeier, Senior Director of Research, Carolinas Rehabilitation, Charlotte, NC will present on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 on "SCI and Co-occurring TBI".
Honorable mention from National Association of Rehabilitation and Research Training Center- We received a honorable mention from NARRTC for a manuscript we published on employment status and mortality/life expectancy after SCI titled "Gainful employment and risk of mortality after spinal cord injury: effects beyond that of demographic, injury, and socioeconomic factors".
Successful employment and quality work life after serve disability due to SCI- We have been awarded a new five year grant to investigate career outcomes after SCI. Our purpose is to investigate factors that are associated with successful employment throughout the work life cycle, with the goal of helping to direct future research and influence policy changes. The study design has two components: qualitative and quantitative. For the qualitative component, group interviews will be conducted in Minnesota and Georgia to get input from persons with SCI as to factors they believe are important with regards to work after injury. The quantitative component will use survey techniques to compare and contrast factors, based on input from the first component, associated with successful or unsuccessful employment. We will measure outcomes that include quality indicators of employment, such as earnings, job quality, and benefits. The results from the study will be reviewed by a community advisory panel from each state and vocational rehabilitation service delivery experts. This study, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (H133A120122), started October 1, 2012 and will conclude September 30, 2017. --View Abstract--
Spinal Cord Injury Research Scientific Conference was held on March 22, 2013 at the Bioengineering Building. The event is sponsored by South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund. Dr. Saunders spoke on "Health Outcomes Among Persons with Spinal Cord Injury in South Carolina". Dr. Cao spoke on "Risk of Death after Hospital Discharge with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in South Carolina, 199-2009". A video briefly describing Dr. Cao's article will be posted online. Furthermore, the keynote speaker was Jeffrey T. Tubbs, MD, from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Viriginia Commonwealth University. On July 1, he will join Roper Rehabilitation Hospital as Medical Director of the Center of Spinal Cord Injury. The conference turned out great and thank you to everyone who attended.
With regards to National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Longevity after Injury Project (LAIP) has posted a research byte.
Statistical analyses suggested several general behaviors were protective for recurrent pressure ulcers, including lifestyle, exercise, and diet. (Krause & Broderick; 2004)
On January 24, our consumer advisory panel met to discuss issues related to pre-injury and post-injury employment. Furthermore, a manuscript on hospital discharge was recently accepted for publication in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. For more information, please click on Blog.
Three of our 2012 summer students were mentioned as co-authors in two published articles:
Saunders, L.L., Ekoja, E., Whitlock, C., DiPiro, N.D., Gregory-Bass, R., & Krause, J.S. (in press). A comparison of health behaviors between African Americans with spinal cord injury and those in the general population. NeuroRehabilitation.
Selassie, A., Cao, Y., Church, C., Saunders, L.L., & Krause, J.S. (in press). Specific pre-existing diseases accelerated death rate in population-based cohort of persons with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
State of the Science
Our team will be co-hosting a State of the Science Conference on secondary conditions after spinal cord injury. This will occur as a pre-course to the American Spinal Injury Association 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 5, 2013. Learn more
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--