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For People with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Relationships and Social Supports May be Linked to Life Satisfaction

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spine caused by trauma. People with SCI may experience physical, psychological, or social changes after their injury which may have an impact on their satisfaction with life and their overall quality of life. Physical changes can include increases in urinary tract infections (UTI), cardiovascular disease, and pain. Psychological changes can include changes in mood, emotional distress, and self-esteem. Social changes can include changes in relationship status and increased need for support.

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Access limitations and level of psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic in a geographically-limited sample of individuals with spinal cord injury

This journal article describes a study to assess changes in access and psychological status during the COVID-19 pandemic in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). A survey of 51 participants found increased levels of psychological distress related to decreased access to goods and services in individuals with SCI due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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NIDILRR Social Isolation and Loneliness Webinar Series

In 2021, NIDILRR hosted a national series on research related to social isolation and loneliness for people with disabilities. 

October 2021: Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Self-Paced Web-Based Transfer Training Shows Promise to Help Wheelchair Users Improve Transfer Techniques

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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Long-Term Survivorship May Reduce Psychosocial Challenges for Adults Aging with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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Pushin On Newsletter Special Edition

This entire newsletter issue is focused on COVID-19. This issue features an article on staying healthy to avoid the impact of the virus, as well as articles on technology for independence and opportunities to participate in research.

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Tips for People with SCI During COVID-19

This video offers tips for individuals to maintain their health and daily living from UAB-SCIMS psychologists. Tips include keeping an eye on secondary conditions to avoid the need for hospital visits, maintaining a routine, getting exercise, and maintaining social contact.

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Resources for People with SCI, TBI, and Burn Injury to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic

A collection of articles, videos, and factsheets developed by the Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Burn Model Systems to help individuals with these injuries and their caregivers stay healthy.

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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and SCI

Thomas Bryce, MD, answered Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and SCI for United Spinal's New Mobility magazine. Topics covered included risk of contracting the virus, the impact on respiratory function, and when to consider going to the emergency department.

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