The purpose of this study is to identify risk and protective factors for future secondary conditions after spinal cord injury. Our goal is to increase knowledge that can be used to develop prevention strategies targeting factors most predictive of the greatest number of secondary conditions.
We will be developing a statewide outcomes database, analyzing and disseminating the results, and building a resource for use by diverse investigators in South Carolina in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the outcomes of people with SCI in South Carolina, their access to health services, and the interrelationships between access to services and clinical outcomes.
This study will identify the association of access to health services, including initial rehabilitation services (i.e., inpatient, outpatient only, no rehabilitation), with presence of secondary conditions. By using a population-based cohort, this study will identify the role of access to services among those with the fewest resources as they are at greatest risk for secondary conditions.