Standardization of data analysis and reporting of results from the International Spinal Cord Injury Core Data Set

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  • Objectives:The objective of this study was to provide guidelines for reporting results using the International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Core Data Set.Setting:International.Methods:A committee was created on request of the chair of the Executive Committee for the International SCI Data Set committees. The committee developed a draft consisting of set of recommendations, which were then reviewed and approved by the entire Executive Committee.Results:Age at injury is recommended as reported by the mean, s.d., median and range. When grouped, 15-year increments are recommended as follows: 0-15, 16-30, 31-45, 46-60, 61-75 and 76 years. For pediatric SCI, 0-5, 6-12, 13-15, 16-21 years are recommended. Time since injury should be reported by mean, s.d., median and range. The following intervals are recommended: 1 year, 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 years, and 5-year increments thereafter. Calendar time (years during which the study is conducted) is recommended grouped by either 5 or 10-year increments with years ending in 4 or 9. For length of stay, the mean and s.d., as well as the median is recommended for report. Severity of injury is under ordinary circumstances recommended, reported in five categories: C1-4 American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale grade (AIS) A, B or C; C5-8 AIS A, B or C; T1-S5 AIS A, B, or C; AIS D at any injury level; and ventilator dependent at any injury level or AIS grade.Conclusion:It is expected that these recommendations can facilitate a more uniform reporting of the very basic core data on SCI. This will facilitate comparison between different SCI studies. © 2011 International Spinal Cord Society All rights reserved.
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  • Spinal Cord  Journal
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  • Devivo MJ; Biering-Sørensen F; New P; Chen Y
  • Start Page

  • 596
  • End Page

  • 599
  • Volume

  • 49
  • Issue

  • 5