Assessing the Effectiveness of an Innovative Intervention Program for SCI


A Constellation of Outcome Measures Assessing the Effectiveness of an Innovative Intervention Program for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury.

Investigators: Cathy A. Larson PT, PhD and Paula Denison PT
Sponsor: Del Harder Research Fund

Purposes: The primary purpose of this study is to assess the comprehensiveness, sensitivity/responsiveness, practicality, and patient acceptance of a constellation of selected outcome measures to document change in persons with SCI who are participating in the innovative, intensive intervention program utilized by the RIM CSCIR. The second purpose of this study will be to examine the effectiveness of the CSCIR intervention program in promoting recovery of function below the level of the SCI specifically comparing the outcomes for clients have undergone versus not undergone one of the new surgical interventions aimed at spinal cord recovery. The third purpose is to document the intra- and inter-rater reliability of use of the algometer to assess sensation and the use of a hand-held dynamometer (HHD) to assess static balance in person post-SCI since these are new applications of the use of these devices.

The study is funded by the Del Harder Research Fund/ United Way of Southeastern Michigan in the amount of $54,602 for two years (2006-2007) and is currently active.