Gunshot versus nongunshot spinal cord injury: Acute care and rehabilitation outcomes

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  • Objective: To examine the impact of gunshot-caused spinal cord injury on acute and rehabilitative care outcome using a case control design. Design: Two groups (i.e., gunshot- vs. nongunshot-caused spinal cord injury) of 212 individuals were matched case-for-case on age (i.e., within 10 yr), education, gender, race, marital status, primary occupation, impairment level, and Model System region. Outcome measures included length of hospital stay, functional status (FIMâ„¢), treatment charges, and home discharge rates. Results: The two groups did not differ in the length of stay during acute and rehabilitative care, charges during rehabilitative care, or postrehabilitation discharge placement. Several significant between-group differences in treatment procedures were noted (e.g., prevalence of spinal surgery), which may, in part, account for the higher acute-care charges among those persons with nongunshot-caused spinal cord injury. Conclusion: Once an individual is stabilized and admitted for rehabilitative care, gunshot etiology of spinal cord injury seems largely unrelated to the initial rehabilitation outcome.
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  • Putzke JD; Richards JS; Devivo MJ
  • Start Page

  • 366
  • End Page

  • 370
  • Volume

  • 80
  • Issue

  • 5