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Title: Rehabilitation of people with spinal cord damage due to tumor: literature review, international survey and practical recommendations for optimizing their rehabilitation.
Epworth Authors: New, Peter
Other Authors: Marshall, Ruth
Stubblefield, M. D.
Scivoletto, Giorgio
Keywords: Spinal Cord Dysfunction
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Diseases
Spinal Rehabilitation Units
Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Apr-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: J Spinal Cord Med. 2016 Apr 18:0
Abstract: BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: People with spinal cord dysfunction (SCDys) due to tumor (benign and malignant) pose enormous rehabilitation challenges. Objectives were: conduct literature search regarding epidemiology, clinical features and outcomes for SCDys due to tumor following rehabilitation, the ideal setting for rehabilitation and practical considerations for rehabilitation; and propose framework and practical considerations for managing people with SCDys due to tumor in spinal rehabilitation units (SRUs). DESIGN: Survey of rehabilitation health care professionals, consensus opinion from experts and literature search. SETTING: Workshop at International Spinal Cord Society and American Spinal Injury Association combined annual meeting, May 16, 2015, Montréal, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: Workshop attendees and experts in the rehabilitation of people with SCDys due to tumor. OUTCOMES MEASURES: Reports of services offered to people with SCDys due to tumor, including whether those with benign and malignant tumors are admitted into rehabilitation, any admission criteria used and the rational for declining admission. RESULTS: Most respondents (n = 33, 83%) reported that people with benign tumors were routinely admitted for rehabilitation but only 18 (45%) reported that people with malignant tumors were routinely admitted. A range of criteria and reasons for declining admission were given. Evidence from the literature and the opinion of experts support the admission of people with SCDys due to tumor into specialist SRUs. CONCLUSIONS: A framework and practical considerations for managing people with SCDys due to tumor in SRUs are proposed. Patients with tumor causing SCDys should be given greater access to specialist SRU in order to achieve the best outcomes.
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ISSN: 1079-0268
Journal Title: The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health , Victoria , Australia
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine , Monash University , Melbourne, Victoria , Australia
South Australian Spinal Cord Injury Service, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, Northfield , South Australia, Australia
Discipline of Orthopaedics and Trauma, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences , University of Adelaide , South Australia, Australia
Select Medical Corporation , Mechanicsburgy , PA , USA
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation , West Orange , NJ , USA
Spinal Cord Unit, and Spinal Rehabilitation (SpiRe) laboratory, IRCCS Fondazione S. Lucia , Rome , Italy
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Survey
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