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Sep 14, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Paralympics 2012

The Paralympics have come to an end, but going athletes are going home happy and proud! After 12 days of intense competition, the games closed on Sunday September 9, 2012 with a parade of Britain’s athletes on floats to Buckingham Palace and a concert with Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z in the Olympic Stadium.  Details of the closing festivities can be found here.

Through all their hard work, Canadian Paralympic athletes came home with 31 medals; seven gold, fifteen silver and nine bronze. They ranked 15th for overall medals and 20th for gold medals! For the latest results click here

Paralympic athletes give all of us inspiration as they show us that determination and hard work does pay off!

Congratulations to all of the Paralympic athletes of 2012!

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Sep 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

September - Monthly Quality of Life (QoL) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Articles

1) Araujo, C. (2012). We Always Have A Choice. PN, 66(8), 27-27.

2) Craig, A., Tran, Y., Wijesuriya, N., & Middleton, J. (2012). Fatigue and tiredness in people with spinal cord injury. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 73(3), 205-210.

3) Griffiths, H. C., & Kennedy, P. (2012). Continuing with life as normal: positive psychological outcomes following spinal cord injury. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 18(3), 241-252.

4) Geyh, S., Nick, E., Stirnimann, D., Ehrat, S., Muller, R., & Michel, F. (2012). Biopsychosocial outcomes in individuals with and without spinal cord injury: A Swiss comparative study. Spinal Cord, 50(8), 614-622.

5) Gustafsson, L., Mitchell, G., Fleming, J., & Price, G. (2012). Clinical utility of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(7), 337-342.

6) Otis, C., Marchand, A., & Courtois, F. (2012). Risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder in persons with spinal cord injury. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 18(3), 253-263.

7) Ottomanelli, L., Goetz, L. L., Suris, A., McGeough, C., Sinnott, P. L., Toscano, R., . . . Thomas, F. P. (2012). Effectiveness of supported employment for veterans with spinal cord injuries: results from a randomized multisite study. [Multicenter Study Randomized Controlled Trial Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.]. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 93(5), 740-747.

8) Phillips, V. L., Hunsaker, A. E., & Florence, C. S. (2012). Return to work and productive activities following a spinal cord injury: The role of income and insurance. Spinal Cord, 50(8), 623-626.

9) Rozeboom, N., Parenteau, K., & Carratturo, D. (2012). Rehabilitation starts in the intensive care unit. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 35(3), 234-240.

10) Sakakibara, B. M., Hitzig, S. L., Miller, W. C., & Eng, J. (2012). An evidence-based review on the influence of aging with a spinal cord injury on subjective quality of life. Spinal Cord, 50(8), 570-578.

11) Wyndaele, J. (2012). Ageing with spinal cord lesion permits a good quality of life! Spinal Cord, 50(8), 569-569.

12) Wu, J. C., Chen, Y. C., Liu, L., Chen, T. J., Huang, W. C., Cheng, H., & Su, T. P. (2012). Effects of age, gender, and socio-economic status on the incidence of spinal cord injury: an assessment using the eleven-year comprehensive nationwide database of Taiwan. Journal of Neurotrauma, 29(5), 889-897.

13) Zupnik, B. (2012). Granting HOPE. PN, 66(8), 48-53.  

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Sep 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

The SCIRehab Project

There is a very interesting on-going project examining the rehabilitation process.

Often research looks at rehabilitation of spinal cord injury (SCI) as a whole rather than specifics such as therapy interventions, medical procedures, patient education, or counseling. The SCIRehab project uses practice-based evidence (PBE) research to identify which rehabilitation interventions are associated with positive outcomes in randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The project provides information on all rehabilitation disciplines and also adds to guidelines for clinical decision-making. Including 1,200 participants having SCI in 6 varying US inpatient rehabilitation facilities, the SCIRehab project allows clinicians to document their interventions in handheld digital assistants after seeing their patients. After characteristics of the patient, injury and treatment are taken from these records, process elements  will be related to outcomes.

To learn more about this interesting work, visit the SCIRehab's homepage or read up on their work-to-date (below):

Papers from the project:

1. Group physical therapy during inpatient rehabilitation for acute spinal cord injury: findings from the SCIRehab Study.

2. The SCIRehab project: social work and case management. Social work and case management treatment time during inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

3. The SCIRehab project: treatment time spent in SCI rehabilitation. Nursing bedside education and care management time during inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

4. The SCIRehab project: treatment time spent in SCI rehabilitation. Psychology treatment time during inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

 5. The SCIRehab project: treatment time spent in SCI rehabilitation. Speech-language pathology treatment time during inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation: the SCIRehab project.

6. The SCIRehab project: treatment time spent in SCI rehabilitation. Therapeutic recreation treatment time during inpatient rehabilitation.

7. The SCIRehab project: treatment time spent in SCI rehabilitation. Occupational therapy treatment time during inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

8. The SCIRehab project: treatment time spent in SCI rehabilitation. Physical therapy treatment time during inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

9.The SCIRehab project: treatment time spent in SCI rehabilitation. Inpatient treatment time across disciplines in spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

10. The SCIRehab project: analyzing multidisciplinary inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation treatment--second phase.

11. SCIRehab: a model for rehabilitation research using comprehensive person, process and outcome data.

12. SCIRehab Project series: the social work/case management taxonomy.

13. SCIRehab Project series: the supplemental nursing taxonomy.

14. SCIRehab Project series: the psychology taxonomy.

15. SCIRehab Project series: the speech language pathology taxonomy.

16. SCIRehab Project series: the therapeutic recreation taxonomy.

17. SCIRehab Project series: the occupational therapy taxonomy.

18. SCIRehab Project series: the physical therapy taxonomy.

19. Clinical taxonomy development and application in spinal cord injury research: the SCIRehab Project.

20. New approach to study the contents and outcomes of spinal cord injury rehabilitation: the SCIRehab Project.

21. The SCIRehab Project: classification and quantification of spinal cord injury rehabilitation treatments. Preface.

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