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Severity of spinal cord injury 'not linked to self-rated health'

Severity of spinal cord injury 'not linked to self-rated health'
13th July 2011

Adults with spinal cord injury, who may be using home care or assisted living, do not necessarily rate their health on the severity of their injury, research has revealed.

A study published in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine reported that self-reported physical ability was more important than severity of injury when it came to self-rated health.

According to the authors, the study is significant as self-reported physical ability is a predictor of other outcomes, including mortality.

Cathy Lysack, of Wayne State University, said: "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."

In other news, a team of international medical researchers are developing an e-tool designed to streamline the care of spinal cord injury patients.

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