Navigation Links
Severity of spinal cord injury has no impact on how adults rate their health, WSU research finds
Date:7/12/2011

DETROIT Severity of spinal cord injury in adults is not related to how they rate their health, Wayne State University researchers have found.

In a study of self-rated health (SRH) published this month in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, Cathy Lysack, Ph.D., deputy director of WSU's Institute of Gerontology, along with former Wayne State researcher Katerina Machacova, Ph.D., and Stewart Neufeld, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Institute of Gerontology, evaluated people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in an effort to better understand the relationship between their self-rated physical ability to perform necessary daily activities and their SRH the way people perceive their own health.

The study of 140 men and women with SCI found that self-rated physical ability topped injury severity as a determining factor of SRH, which may be surprising to the nondisabled.

"Many nondisabled people would think a person with SCI confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed, etc. would have very low ratings of health," said Lysack, an occupational therapist. "But we did not find that. A person with a disability is certainly limited in many ways, but just because they are disabled does not mean they feel their health is poor. This is important because health and disability are not the same thing. You can be living with a disability and still be in very good or even excellent health."

Lysack said the study also is important because the wider scientific literature, most of which comes from studies in aging, indicates SRH is a powerful predictor of other outcomes, including mortality. Prior to this study, few had examined SRH in the context of people with disabilities, so it simply is not known whether this principal holds for people with disabilities too.

The study findings have implications for those who develop instruments to assess physical functioning in older adults and people with disabilities.

"We actually use a lot of the same assessments of physical capacity for those groups as we do for a healthy older person," Lysack said, "and they don't fit particularly well." According to Lysack, assessment tools that are not developed for use with people with disabilities may yield misleading results. There also are many different kinds of disabilities and new instruments will need to be sensitive to that.

Further research also is needed, Lysack said, to determine if a relationship between physical capacities of people is related to SRH in those with spinal cord injury in the same way as it may be for people with Parkinson's disease, a stroke, a hip fracture, vision impairments and many other types of disabilities.

"We simply do not know how the ability to do things is related to SRH in these groups, and how, if it all, SRH predicts other serious outcomes," she said. Ultimately such studies need to be done, and soon, Lysack said, to determine if SRH and self-rated physical ability are a sort of "early warning system" or predictor of future functional decline.

That seems to be true for aging, she said, and if so, SRH and self-rated physical ability become very useful tools in clinical practice.

"If rehabilitation professionals can use these questions to identify people who are at risk for losing their functional independence, then there is a chance to intercede with targeted interventions to prevent or at least forestall the decline," Lysack said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Julie O'Connor
julie.oconnor@wayne.edu
734-748-4207
Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. M. D. Anderson develops tool to measure severity of chronic graft-vs.-host disease symptoms
2. New possibility to determine the severity of appendicitis
3. Studies confirm presence, severity of pollution in national parks
4. Plasma protein appears to be associated with development and severity of Alzheimers disease
5. Hand Movements May Give Clues to ADHD Severity
6. How sunlight may reduce the severity of multiple sclerosis
7. Genes May Affect Severity of Drug Addiction
8. Blood Marker Suggests Severity of Alzheimers Disease
9. Gene linked to severity of autisms social dysfunction
10. Severity of hepatitis C and HIV co-infection in mothers contribute to HCV transmission to child
11. Dual-energy CT may be useful in evaluating the severity of gout, study suggests
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... The Margarian Law Firm has filed a class ... ale for allegedly containing no ginger. Dr. Pepper produces the “Canada Dry” brand of ... Margaryan alleges Canada Dry Ginger Ale claims on its bottle that it is made ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... July 21, 2017 , ... “Kids aren't born knowing how to ... shoes,” says Suzanne Tucker, Founder of St. Louis-based positive education company Generation Mindful. To ... Kickstarter on Monday, July 21st. , The kit uses colorful, engaging and educational ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... CANADA (PRWEB) , ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) offer patients improved quality of life five years ... for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The study followed ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) , ... July 20, 2017 ... ... aggressive form of blood and bone marrow cancer that progresses rapidly without treatment. ... often recommended to reduce the chance of reoccurrence and relapse. With such ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... in which their iMedSecure™ comes included with each system installation. RMT’s iMedHD2™ ... to remote participants for real-time collaboration and immediate decision-making requirements. While never ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/13/2017)... 2017  New York City-based market research firm Kalorama Information ... aware of.  From new products to new costs, to the ... recently completed study, Potential Pipeline Disruptors . ... 1.  Age-Driven Growth - True Impact Moment Arriving ... the impact the growing population and, to a more extreme ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... ROCKVILLE, Md. , July 11, 2017  The ... had estimated revenues of approximately $394.1 million in 2016.  ... a trend of solid growth, in particular as a ... oncology clinical practice, and the recent introduction of a ... the need for less-invasive testing of tumor biomarkers to ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... GAITHERSBURG, Md. , July 10, 2017 ... in non-animal test methods, is the recipient of a ... by the PETA International Science Consortium. The device, which ... be used to expose human lung cells to airborne ... lung. IIVS will use the VITROCELL® system for testing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: