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Identifying Cognitive Barriers to Effective Pressure Ulcer Self-Care

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Technical Report,15 Apr 2019,14 Apr 2020

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Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond United States

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Pressure ulcers PU in persons with spinal cord injury SCI incur a substantial psychosocial and health burden, especially in individuals who exhibit poor preventative PU self-care. This study utilizes validated methods to characterize multiple facets of impulsivity in 120 SCI patients who use and do not use substances, in order to assess the predictive role of impulsivity in poor SCI self-care and prognostic value of impulsivity in SCI quality of life QoL outcomes. Funding began in April 2019 and approval to begin research activities was secured in August 2019. From August 2019 until the COVID-19 shutdown March 2020, 19 SCI patients were recruited, screened, and enrolled 2 have completed follow-up. Due to a smaller eligible SCI population than originally calculated, we have obtained approval from different SCI treatment facilities and advocacy groups for additional recruitment methods expanded from the initial protocol. IRB approval for recruitment from other SCI treatment centers was not granted until roughly the time of the COVID-19 shutdown.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)

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