Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):99, 80, 11, 1411-1419
Study identifying and quantifying trends in mortality and causes of death among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). Data were collected for a cohort of 28,239 consecutive persons admitted to a model SCI system or a Shriner's Hospital within 1 year of injury. Findings suggest that mortality rates after the first anniversary of injury decreased from 1973 to 1992 but increased from 1993 to 1998 relative to the previous 5-year period. Respiratory disease was the only cause of death for which the relative odds increased significantly during the latest time period.