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OBJECTIVE To review the major functional status measures currently used in rehabilitation research, including the domains and scope of functional status measures, as well as the psychometric properties of selected functional status measures and their use in adult rehabilitation populations. DATA SOURCES Measures of physical functioning widely used in(More)
OBJECTIVE To present data on neurologic recovery gathered by the Model Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Systems over a 10-year period. DESIGN Case series. SETTING Twenty-one Model SCI Systems. PATIENTS A total of 3,585 individuals with traumatic SCI admitted between January 1, 1988 and December 31, 1997. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Neurologic impairment category;(More)
STUDY DESIGN Experts opinions consensus. OBJECTIVE To develop a common strategy to document remaining autonomic neurologic function following spinal cord injury (SCI). BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE The impact of a specific SCI on a person's neurologic function is generally described through use of the International Standards for the Neurological(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the reliability and validity of the Capabilities of Upper Extremity (CUE) instrument, designed to measure upper extremity functional limitations in individuals with tetraplegia. Functional limitations are actions such as reaching or grasping and are a link between the domains of impairment and disability. DESIGN Survey of people with(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective study of 5 spine surgeons rating 71 clinical cases of thoracolumbar spinal injuries using the Thoracolumbar Injury Severity Score (TLISS) and then re-rating the cases in a different order 1 month later. OBJECTIVE To determine the reliability of the TLISS system. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The TLISS is a recently introduced(More)
OBJECTIVE To perform an evidence-based review of the literature on neuroimaging techniques utilized in spinal cord injury clinical practice and research. METHODS A search of the medical literature for articles on specific neuroimaging techniques used in SCI resulted in 2,302 published reports. Review at the abstract and full report level yielded 99(More)
The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the high incidence of atelectasis or pneumonia (A/P) in the left lung of acute spinal cord injured (SCI) patients. The study group consisted of 46 consecutive motor complete (Frankel A or B) SCI patients admitted within 48 hours of injury. The ages of the patients ranged from 15 to 72 years. Neurologic levels(More)