Short Tilte:Health outcomes among American Indians with spinal cord injury
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):00, 81, 7, 924-931
Study to identify risk factors for poor health outcomes and secondary conditions among Native Americans with spinal cord injury (SCI). Data are from comprehensive telephone interviews with 97 Native Americans with traumatic SCI at least 1 year post-injury. Seven outcome variables were examined: self-rated health; health status compared with 1 year ago; number of poor health days in the past month; number of poor mental health days in the past month; number of days in the past month in which poor health disrupted normal activities; number of pressure sores in the past year; and number of post-SCI injuries in the past year. These were related to biographical, injury-related, psychosocial, and behavioral predictors, including selected items from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). Results indicated that depressive symptoms, post-SCI injuries, alcohol abuse, and older age were predictors of poorer health outcomes.