Department of Veterans Affairs quality enhancement research initiative for spinal cord injury

Frances M. Weaver*, Margaret C. Hammond, Marylou Guihan, Robert D. Hendricks

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Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a lifelong condition, requiring ongoing efforts by multiple disciplines to stabilize, diminish, or prevent impairments; avoid or limit secondary complications; and improve or maintain social role functioning and quality of life for the individual throughout his or her life. There are ∼200,000 persons with SCI in the United States, of whom roughly 22% are veterans. The estimated national economic impact of SCI is ∼$9.73 billion per year. These figures illustrate why SCI is an important topic for the Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). The SCI QUERI will identify gaps in knowledge of SCI treatment and management, develop research efforts to address these gaps, identify best practices for care and management of SCI, and assess whether best practices lead to improved outcomes, including health-related quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)I82-I91
JournalMedical care
Issue number6 SUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Health care outcomes
  • Health services research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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