A Primary Care Provider’s Guide to Preventive Health After Spinal Cord Injury Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Abstract Objective: Provide guidance for preventive health and health maintenance after spinal cord injury (SCI) for primary care providers (PCPs). Main message: Individuals with SCI may not receive the same preventive health care as the general population. Additionally, SCI-related secondary conditions may put their health at risk. SCI is considered a complex condition associated with many barriers to receiving quality primary care. Attention to routine preventive care and the unique health considerations of persons with SCI can improve health and quality of life and may prevent unnecessary health care utilization. Conclusion: PCPs are experts in preventive care and continuity of care, however individuals with SCI may not receive the same preventive care due to numerous barriers. This article serves as a quick reference for PCPs.

publication date

  • October 1, 2020