The management of patients with chronic spinal cord injury in emergency departments: Utilization and a knowledge survey of emergency medicine residents

Lisa Diponio, Randy Roth, David Gater, Terry Kowalenko, Kirsten Engel, James Carson, Catherine Curtin

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Abstract

Persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) suffer from a variety of secondary medical conditions that can require critical care intervention. This study examined emergency medicine (EM) utilization by veterans with SCI and also surveyed EM resident physicians' familiarity with SCI medicine. Veterans with SCI utilize emergency care relatively frequently, with 20% requiring a visit within 1 year. Our survey found variable and, for some topics, disappointing accuracy of responses to clinical vignettes portraying SCI patients presenting for critical care. These results suggest that disparities in SCI medical treatment outcomes may result from inadequate training in SCI medicine among EM physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalTopics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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