Dr. Mark Nash, Senior Director of Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida presented on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 on "Cardiometabolic Component Hazards Accompanying SCI: Guideline-Driven Approaches for Effective Risk Management." Click on --link-- to view the Grand Rounds.
On October 31,2013 at 12pm EST, Dr. James Krause, Director of Longevity After Injury Project, presented on "Acute Secondary Conditions and Chronic Conditions among Long-Term SCI Survivors". Click on --video-- to view webcast.
On May 30th, 2013, Longevity after Injury Project hosted a webcast. Dr. Lee Saunders, Research Assistant Professor of College of Health Professions at MUSC presented on "Secondary Conditions after SCI in a Population-based Cohort." Please visit our "Webcast" page to see her video and PowerPoint slides.
Our summer medical student Janice Davis presented her poster today, November 11, 2013, at the Perry V Halushka Research Day. Her topic was Pre and Post Injury Alcohol Consumption and Smoking Status Among Acute Spinal Cord Injury Participants.
The Longevity After Injury Project was featured in an article written by staff member, Alex Jackson on November 8, 2013 by The Catalyst, the weekly newspaper published by Medical University of South Carolina. The article explained our team’s purpose and shared several personal stories from members of our Consumer Advisory Panel. Furthermore, the article mentioned several services provided by South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department that assists individuals with disabilities find jobs. –View Article--
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".
American Spinal Injury Association Anniversary Award- Awarded in May 6, 2013 in recognition of Dr. Krause's work as Editor-in-Chief of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, the offical journal of ASIA.
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--
Ten Year Vocational Study
Our new study “A longitudinal study of gainful employment 10 years after SCI onset: Comparisons of those who do and do not return to the pre-injury employer” will help rehabilitation professionals to better understand how SCI impacts everyday life and will provide a basis for the development more effective programs for participation and quality of life after SCI. Please--Click-- to see our survey.
On September 19th, 2013, Dr. Dismuke, Research Assistant Professor of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, attended the 19th Annual Diabetes Fall Symposium for Primary Health Care Professionals. Dr. Dismuke presented a poster titled "Diabetes Increases Financial Burden For Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries". Her findings included an association between diabetes and approximately $9000 yearly decline in income. Furthermore, 12% of those with SCI reported to have diabetes. Much higher than the general population which reports to have around 8%.
"We recommend that primary care providers aggressively diagnose and manage diabetes in the SCI population as early as
possible to possibly avoid this financial burden as well as poor clinical outcomes." - Dr. Libby Dismuke
To see Dr. Dismuke's poster, please click on the --Poster--
Our team attended the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) 40th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, IL. We co-hosted with MedStar/NRH a pre-course meeting on May 5, 2013 on The State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People after Spinal Cord Injury. Drs. Krause, Saunders, and Cao were among the various speakers at the meeting.
In regards to this month's National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage, Longevity after Injury Project has posted several research bytes from several research articles:
The American Indian sample reported elevated levels of depression and diminished Subjective Well-Being in 5 of 8 areas relative to previous studies on non-American Indians with SCI. The results suggest that American Indians with SCI experience diminished SWB relative to other SCI populations and that interventions are needed to reduce alcohol misuse, to help build support networks, and to increase participation in social activities. (Krause, Coker, Charlifue, & Whiteneck; 1999)
Multiple linear regression was used to predict seven health-related outcomes. Depressive symptomatology and post-SCI injuries were the primary predictors of the majority of health outcomes among American Indians. Alcohol consumption was associated with a greater risk for post-SCI injuries, and being older at injury was associated with poorer health outcomes. Interventions to reduce depression, injuries, and alcohol misuse have potential for improving health among American Indians with SCI. (Krause, Coker, Charlifue, & Whiteneck; 2000)
The study participants, seventy-six American Indian men with traumatic SCI of at least 1 year in duration, .reported lower overall health and satisfaction with health care than the non-SCI BRFSS group. They also reported a different pattern of health behaviors, including a greater frequency of inoculations for flu and pneumonia but a lower rate of HIV testing and cholesterol screening. A smaller percentage of American Indians used alcohol, but those who did reported more heavy drinking. (Krause, Coker, Charlifue, & Whiteneck; 1999)
Late August, our team traveled to Minnesota to conduct several focus groups for our Successful Employment project. For further information about this event please visit our Blog.
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