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Using VA data for research in persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders: Lessons from SCI QUERI

Bridget M. Smith, PhD, et al.

Figure 1. Data sources used to identify veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders. ARC = Allocation Resource Center, NPCD = National Patient Care Database, SCD = spinal cord dysfunction.

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.

Volume 47 Number 8, 2010
   Pages 679 — 688


This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Smith BM, Evans CT, Ullrich P, Burns S, Guihan M, Miskevics S, LaVela SL, Rajan S, Weaver FM. Using VA data for research in persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders: Lessons from SCI QUERI. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(8):679-88.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2009.08.0117
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