Exercise and Breathlessness (SRH)

altExercise and Breathlessness (SRH)

In chronic SCI, muscular weakness and paralysis result in a decreased ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), and a predisposition to a sedentary lifestyle. A reduction in physical activity and overall fitness is associated with increased mortality.

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Wearable Telecare (Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center)

altWearable Telecare (Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center)

Pressure ulcers are a common and serious complication of living with a spinal cord injury. People with SCI use a variety of pressure ulcer prevention techniques including whelchair push-ups, forward trunk leans, and lateral trunk leans. This modular project looks at the effectiveness of various pressure ulcer prevention techniques.

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Assistive Technology and Equity (University of Pittsburgh)

altAssistive Technology and Equity (University of Pittsburgh)

This module aims to improve the quality of assistive technology (AT) and the fairness with which it is distributed.  Since wheelchairs are the single most enabling device for people living with SCI, the module will focus particularity on wheelchair quality. 

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SCI-CAT (Boston Medical Center)

altSCI-FI CAT (Boston Medical Center)

The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is used by the National SCI Database to evaluate long term functional outcomes. however, the FIM is not sensitive to functional differences in SCI patients with different levels of injury severity. 

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SCIMS Data Set: Preparing for the Future (Rehab Institute of Chicago)

altSCIMS Data Set: Preparing for Future Changes (Rehab Institute of Chicago)

Medicare plans to revise the mandated patient assessment data sets it uses to determine Medicare payments and monitor quality. The IRF-PAI.FIM is one of the instruments to be revised.If the Medicare program alters its functional assessment items, the National Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) data set will need to be updated to include any changes.

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