International Spinal Cord Injury Core Data Set (version 2.0)-including standardization of reporting

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  • Study design:The study design includes expert opinion, feedback, revisions and final consensus.Objectives:The objective of the study was to present the new knowledge obtained since the International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Core Data Set (Version 1.0) published in 2006, and describe the adjustments made in Version 2.0, including standardization of data reporting.Setting:International.Methods:Comments received from the SCI community were discussed in a working group (WG); suggestions from the WG were reviewed and revisions were made. All suggested revisions were considered, and a final version was circulated for final approval.Results:The International SCI Core Data Set (Version 2.0) consists of 25 variables. Changes made to this version include the deletion of one variable 'Total Days Hospitalized' and addition of two variables 'Date of Rehabilitation Admission' and 'Date of Death.' The variable 'Injury Etiology' was extended with six non-traumatic categories, and corresponding 'Date of Injury' for non-traumatic cases, was defined as the date of first physician visit for symptoms related to spinal cord dysfunction. A category reflecting transgender was added. A response category was added to the variable on utilization of ventilatory assistance to document the use of continuous positive airway pressure for sleep apnea. Other clarifications were made to the text. The reporting of the pediatric SCI population was updated as age groups 0-5, 6-12, 13-14, 15-17 and 18-21.Conclusion:Collection of the core data set should be a basic requirement of all studies of SCI to facilitate accurate descriptions of patient populations and comparison of results across published studies from around the world.
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  • Spinal Cord  Journal
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    Author List

  • Biering-Sørensen F; Devivo MJ; Charlifue S; Chen Y; New PW; Noonan V; Post MWM; Vogel L
  • Start Page

  • 759
  • End Page

  • 764
  • Volume

  • 55
  • Issue

  • 8