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Oct 03, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine - Special Issue: 5th National SCI Conference

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine has just published a special issue covering the 5th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference that will be occurring on October 18 - 20, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario (CANADA). 

Many of the papers highlight the excellent contributions Canadian researchers make in the field of spinal cord injury.

Check out the journal:

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.  Volume 35, Number 5, September 2012. 5th National Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Conference: Translating Neural Engineering and Novel Therapies. Editors: Donald Bodner and Carolann Murphy

Check out details on the conference here.

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Oct 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

October - Monthly Quality of Life (QoL) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Articles

1)            Amtmann, D., Bamer, A. M., Cook, K. F., Askew, R. L., Noonan, V. K., & Brockway, J. A. (2012). University of Washington self-efficacy scale: a new self-efficacy scale for people with disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 93(10), 1757-1765.

2)            Barone, S. H., & Waters, K. (2012). Coping and adaptation in adults living with spinal cord injury. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 44(5), 271-283.

3)            Geyh, S., Nick, E., Stirnimann, D., Ehrat, S., Michel, F., Peter, C., & Lude, P. (2012). Self-efficacy and self-esteem as predictors of participation in spinal cord injury-an ICF-based study. Spinal Cord, 50(9), 699-706.

4)            Kolakowsky-Hayner, S. A. (2012). Community based rehabilitation after neurologic injury. [Editorial]. NeuroRehabilitation, 31(1), 1.

5)            Pershouse, K. J., Barker, R. N., Kendall, M. B., Buettner, P. G., Kuipers, P., Schuurs, S. B., & Amsters, D. I. (2012). Investigating changes in quality of life and function along the lifespan for people with spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(3), 413-419.

6)            Post, M. W., van Leeuwen, C. M., van Koppenhagen, C. F., & de Groot, S. (2012). Validity of the life satisfaction questions, the life satisfaction questionnaire, and the satisfaction with life scale in persons with spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 93(10), 1832-1837.  

7)            Simpson, L. A., Eng, J. J., Hsieh, J. T., Wolfe, D. L., & Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence Scire Research, T. (2012). The health and life priorities of individuals with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. [Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Review]. Journal of Neurotrauma, 29(8), 1548-1555.

8)            Van de Velde, D., Bracke, P., Van Hove, G., Josephsson, S., Devisch, I., & Vanderstraeten, G. (2012). The illusion and the paradox of being autonomous, experiences from persons with spinal cord injury in their transition period from hospital to home. [Empirical Study; Interview; Focus Group; Qualitative Study]. Disability and Rehabilitation: An International, Multidisciplinary Journal, 34(6), 491-502.

9)            Hess, M. J., & Hough, S. (2012). Impact of spinal cord injury on sexuality: Broad-based clinical practice intervention and practical application. [Review]. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 35(4), 211-218.  

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Oct 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

5th National Conference - Meeting Highlights

5th National SCI Conference

Members of the PAR-QoL team attended the 5th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference.  This exciting conference highlighted Canadian expertise in the field of SCI as well as from collegues around the world.

Exciting keynote speeches were provided by top experts in the field. 

Dr. John Steeves (founding director of ICORD) was presented with the Champion of Change Award for his tireless efforts and contributions to the field of SCI.  Congratulations to Dr. Steeves!

A number of new and exciting things were launched and leared at the conference.

First, the Rehabilitation Environmental Scan Atlas 'Capturing Capacity in Canadian SCI Rehabilitation' was launched at the conference.  The Atlas examines the complexities of SCI rehab, describes the current state of practice and maps the action required to standardize and transform practice by 2020. The Atlas is now available for downloading as a PDF at the Rick Hansen Institute:

Second, our group was alerted to clincial guidelines for the management of neurogenic bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury.  These guidelines are available on-line at the Royal Nursing of Nursing website as a downloadable PDF.  We have also bookmarked these guidelines in our bowel dysfunction page for future reference.

The PAR-QoL group also presented two posters on work-to-date on the website and on the upcoming section on depression to be launched in the near future.

We congratulate the organizers of the conference for a successful meeting and look forward to attending the 6th National SCI Conference (2014)!

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Oct 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

PAR-QoL - First Expert Spotlight with Dr. Vanessa Noonan

 Dr. Vanessa Noonan

Dr. Vanessa Noonan

The Participation & Quality of Life (PAR-QoL) Tool-Kit is proud to present our first expert spotlight session with Dr. Vanessa Noonan, Director of Research for the Rick Hansen Institute

Between October 25 and November 16 (2012), visitors to the PAR-QoL website may submit a question to Dr. Noonan to obtain her thoughts about spinal cord injury (SCI) and quality of life research (or other related research). Dr. Noonan’s answers to these questions will be posted on the PAR-QoL website sometime in December 2012. This is a unique opportunity for clinicians, students, researchers, community advocates and persons with SCI to gain insight and knowledge on the status of SCI and quality of life research from a leading expert in the field.  To learn more about Dr. Noonan and our spotlight event, click  here.







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