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Understanding, Predicting, and Preventing Life Changing and Life Threatening Health Changes among Aging Veterans and Civilians with Spinal Cord Injury

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2016,29 Sep 2017

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Medical University of South Carolina Charleston United States

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Spinal cord injury SCI is associated with secondary health conditions, such as pressure ulcers and infections, that occur either in isolation or in combination. Our purpose is to identify how multiple secondary health may occur simultaneously and the factors that lead to their occurrence, so that preventative strategies may be developed. During the past year, we have completed the groundwork for our qualitative study of negative health spirals that will include interviews and focus groups of people with SCI who have experienced a health spiral, as well as family members. Our preliminary tasks completed include the important and time-consuming task of detailing the interview schedule and guide for the qualitative groups. We have sought and obtained feedback from our advisory panel that includes individuals with differing roles with military veterans and they helped us to review and finalize our interviews and focus group schedules. We submitted and successfully obtained IRB approval and secondary approval from HRPO to conduct this research. This led to some delays in the timeline, which were balanced by the development of a detailed interview and group schedule that ultimately will lead to study success. We were able to successfully quantify individuals health histories and identify a large number of those who were eligible. This will allow us to identify those who have experienced the greatest problems and most likely have experienced health spirals. Although, proportionally, we have a larger number of civilians, we are categorizing potential participants so as to balance the data collection between civilians and military veterans. Data collection will begin in the first quarter of year 2.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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