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Focus Group-OHIO

Dr. Phi Rumrill from Kent State University, along with our Stakeholder Specialist, Richard Aust, conducted 4 Multiple Sclerosis focus group meetings on August 11 and 12, 2014 in Ohio. Each meeting had the opportunity to discuss and share their employment experiences after MS.  Please visit our blog page under Media to read more about our MS focus group.
 
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--
 
Summer Student Program
Our Summer Student Program ended last July.  Taylor Hutt, 2014 summer student intern, explained to us her research project and her experience in working with our team.  Please visit our "Videos for Students" webpage under Media to view the clip.

Focus Group-SOUTH CAROLINA
On June 19, 2014, Dr. Phi Rumrill from Kent State University, along with our Stakeholder Specialist, Richard Aust, facilitated 2 focus group meetings at MUSC. 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.  To read more view our --blog--.

Grand Rounds
On Wednesday, July23rd , Dr. James Krause, Director of SCI Outcomes Research Group, Medical University of South Carolina, presented on “Secondary Health Conditions and SCI: What Have We Learned Over the Past Five Years".  Please check our Grand Rounds webpage to view the video and Powerpoint slides.

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

September is National SCI Awareness Month. Below are a few research bytes from our findings.

  • On examining mobility aids used for ambulation, 65% were found to have used at least one aid. Severe pain intensity was reported by 11%, and 14% reported severe pain interference. Disabling fatigue was reported by 10% of the participants. Twenty-one percent (n=138) reported moderate-to-severe levels of depressive symptoms. On examining the relationships between mobility aids and depressive symptomatology, using people as a mobility aid was associated with increased odds of depressive symptomatology (2.6) and always using a wheelchair was associated with lower odds (0.3). However, these relationships were no longer significant after controlling for the mediating variables pain intensity, pain interference and fatigue. (DiPiro, Saunders, Brotherton, Kraft, & Krause; 2014)

  • Of participants (72% male, M age = 49.6 years, M = 16.1 years since SCI), 49.2% had never smoked, 28.2% were former smokers, and 22.6% were current smokers. Of current smokers, 39.2% attempted quitting in the past year and 77.2% had ever tried to quit. Only 29.9% of those who ever tried to quit sought professional help. Ambulatory persons, regardless of injury level, were 2.32 times more likely to be current smokers than nonambulatory persons with a high-level cervical injury. Lower socioeconomic status, binge drinking, and misuse of pain medication all predicted current smoking. (Saunders, Krause, Carpenter, & Saladin; 2013)

  • At least 1 fall-related injuries (FRI) was reported by 20.3% of participants in the past year. Ambulatory participants who reported using a wheelchair as their primary mode of mobility were less likely to have an FRI than those who reported walking more than using a wheelchair. Those with perceived poor balance were 2.41 times more likely to have an FRI than those without poor balance. Those who reported less exercise than other persons with a comparable SCI severity were 2.77 times more likely to have an FRI than those reporting the same or more amount of exercise. Pain medication misuse also was associated with higher odds of an FRI.  (Saunders, DiPiro, Krause, Brotherton, & Kraft; 2013)

September is Hispanic Heritage Month. Below are a few research bytes from our findings related to SCI outcomes among persons of Hispanic heritage.

  • Overall, 20.3% was classified as in poverty. Poverty rates ranged from only 14.1% of non-Hispanic White participants to 41.3% for non-Hispanic Blacks. The rates for American Indians and Hispanics were 26.2% and 29.0%, respectively. Variables significantly related to poverty included: race, severity, etiology, residence, marital status, education, age and employment status (Table 2). Persons currently employed were rarely living in poverty (3.4%). (Krause, Dismuke, Acuna, Sligh-Conway, Walker, Washington, & Reed, 2014)

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