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Evaluating the Sensitivity and Responsiveness of the SCI-QOL CATs

PI(s): Lead – David Tulsky, PhD (University of Michigan Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System, Ann Arbor, MI); Site - Susan Charlifue, PhD

Funded by: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Dates: 2011 - 2016

Contact(s): Susan Charlifue

The overall purpose of this study is to validate a newly developed set of Spinal Cord Injury-specific scales of Health Related Quality of Life, referred to as the SCI-QOL scales.

Craig Hospital is one of four collaborating sites on this study. Data will be collected via interview either in person or over the phone. This study involves persons with traumatic SCI who have sustained injuries <4 months (new injuries) or >4 months (chronic). All participants will complete all SCIQOL CAT measures four times over the study period (baseline, 2 weeks, 90 days, and 180 days) to test sensitivity to change. Participants will also complete legacy measures to validate the SCIQOL CAT measures against these established measures in the three SCIQOL domains. The legacy measures administered to participants with new and chronic injuries varies slightly. Those with new injuries will complete a single set of legacy measures; those with chronic injuries will be randomized into three groups reflecting the SCIQOL domains of emotional, social and physical functioning and complete the associated legacy measures.