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Future directions for spinal cord injury research: Recent developments and model systems contributions

Tate, DG and Boninger, ML and Jackson, AB (2011) Future directions for spinal cord injury research: Recent developments and model systems contributions. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92 (3). 509 - 515. ISSN 0003-9993

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The authors look forward and discuss future directions in spinal cord injury (SCI) from a perspective of biomedical, psychosocial and technologic research. This discussion is based both on recent developments from various fields of knowledge and, more specifically, on SCI Model Systems' research contributions to medical rehabilitation. Biomedical research, as described here, includes (1) the process of moving from the "bench to bedside" and harnessing knowledge from basic science to produce new clinical treatment options for SCI during the life span; (2) the rapid proliferation of clinical trials aimed at neurologic recovery; (3) the growth of new technologies to restore and improve function; and (4) the challenges of developing relevant outcome measures to evaluate efficacy and effectiveness of interventions. Recent progress in psychosocial research has contributed significantly to understanding of the many factors associated with disability during the life course, the importance of quality of life issues, and the value of activity, participation, and the environment in promoting successful rehabilitation outcomes following SCI. Technology and bioengineering advances are discussed in relation to access to high-quality technology; restoration and replacement of movement; and technology to enhance rehabilitation outcomes. © 2011 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tate, DG
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Jackson, AB
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 January 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume: 92
Number: 3
Page Range: 509 - 515
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.apmr.2010.07.243
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0003-9993
MeSH Headings: Biomedical Research; Comprehensive Health Care--organization & administration; Humans; Interpersonal Relations; Quality of Life; Self-Help Devices--utilization; Spinal Cord Injuries--psychology; Spinal Cord Injuries--rehabilitation
PubMed ID: 21353833
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 13:58
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 02:55


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