The field of spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation medicine lacks a reliable, patient reported, health-related quality of life measurement tool. The National Institute of Health has provided funding to develop a SCI-specific, quality of life (QOL) survey tool in non-veterans with SCI called the SCI-QOL. This quality of life survey asks questions regarding physical/medical, emotional, and social health as it relates to individuals with spinal cord injury.
The purpose of our study is to include a veteran population in the making of the quality of life survey. Each participant will be asked to complete a packet of quality of life questions. Participants will be given the opportunity to take the survey a second time, either 7-14 days or 5-7 months after the first survey. Taking the survey twice will allow the research team to test the reliability of the survey. Comparing the SCI-QOL with other legacy measures will allow the investigators to test the validity of the survey.
Additionally, the investigators will be testing the SCI-QOL between veterans and non-veterans with SCI to determine if there are differences in their self-reported quality of life.
This study will be recruiting participants at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Bronx, New York and the James A. Haley Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Each site will be recruiting 200 participants.