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The National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the United States Department of Education and has just awarded a three-year grant to investigate risk for hospitalizations, pressure ulcers, and subsequent injuries after spinal cord injury. Total funding for the 3 years is $449,990. The unique aspect of this project is that it will utilize a ten-year longitudinal design, as the same individuals who originally participated back in 1997 and 1998 will again be assessed in order to determine the how their behavior, personality, and coping strategies relate to health problems. The ultimate study goal is to enhance the lives of people with SCI by identifying the risk and protective factors associated with several secondary conditions to serve as a foundation for prevention efforts by rehabilitation and public health professionals. People with SCI will be directly empowered to improve their own health by being provided with concrete information and recommendations to promote better health and avoid preventable secondary health complications.

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