Medical rehabilitation of spinal cord injury following earthquakes in rehabilitation resource-scarce settings: implications for disaster research
Qualitative trends in earthquake (EQ) victim epidemiological data, including spinal cord injury (SCI) classification and types of medical complications, were indicated. Selected EQ country narratives showed that post-disaster SCI rehabilitation services were expanded by adapting local resources with international assistance to manage the significant numbers of SCI survivors.
A global disaster research agenda for SCI in EQs in rehabilitation resource-scarce settings is needed to strengthen the evidence base for improvement of clinical management and outcomes for SCI EQ survivors. This review (1) summarizes epidemiological and scientific research on spinal cord injury (SCI) populations from three severe earthquakes (EQs) in rehabilitation resource-scarce settings; (2) summarizes SCI rehabilitation services by local and foreign providers in response to these EQs and (3) provides implications including research gaps for a supporting global scientific research agenda. (Spinal Cord. 2013 ;51:603-9. Medical rehabilitation of spinal cord injury following earthquakes in rehabilitation resource-scarce settings: implications for disaster research.
Gosney JE1, Reinhardt JD, von Groote PM, Rathore FA, Melvin JL.)
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