Using VA data for research in persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders: lessons from SCI QUERI.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Spinal cord injuries (Research)
Morbidity (Research)
Veterans (Health aspects)
Author: Smith, Bridget M.
Pub Date: 12/30/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711
Issue: Date: Dec 30, 2010 Source Volume: 47 Source Issue: 8
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Product: Product Code: E198380 Veterans
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 246450383
Full Text: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides services to more than 25,000 veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). This article introduces researchers to the use of VA data to examine questions related to SCI/D using examples from Spinal Cord Injury Quality Enhancement Research Initiative studies. Sources of VA data available to investigators interested in SCI/D research include national-level data sets and data obtained directly from electronic medical charts and/or patients. Using a combination of methods allows researchers to have more complete data and to obtain detailed information about complications such as pressure ulcers and obesity.

Bridget M. Smith, PhD, et al.
ARC                          23,916
SCD Registry                 30,655
NPCD Flag                    15,096
SCD Registry & ARC           16,897
SCD Registry & NPCD Flag     12,784
NPCD Flag & ARC              14,575
Overlap All Sources          12,306

Note: Table made from pie chart
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