Short Tilte:Comparison of rehabilitation outcomes in violent versus non-violent traumatic SCI
Journal:Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):98, 21, 1, 32-36
Article presents the results of a study comparing the rehabilitation outcomes of individuals with violent versus nonviolent traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Twenty-seven patients with SCI caused by gunshot wound, stabbing, or assault and 27 patients with SCI caused by motor vehicle accidents or falls participated in the study. Analysis of the demographic data revealed that the violent traumatic SCI group tended to be younger, non-white, unmarried, and unemployed. While the violently injured group had slightly longer acute care stays, the 2 groups had similar rehabilitation lengths of stay, functional improvements, hospital costs, and home discharge rates.