Race: Predictor versus proxy variable? Outcomes after spinal cord injury

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Race: Predictor versus proxy variable? Outcomes after spinal cord injury
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Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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2002, vol. 83, issue 11, pp 1603-1611
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Two studies examine the influence of race on acute, rehabilitation, and long-term care outcomes after spinal cord injury (SCI). Whites and nonwhites were matched case-for-case on numerous demographic, medical, and geographic characteristics. Study 1 examined medical complication, functional, and economic outcomes during acute and rehabilitation care. Study 2 examined outcomes at annual follow-up interviews, as well as self-reported life satisfaction, level of handicap, and mental and physical health. None of the outcome measures differed significantly across racial group in study 1. Also, no significant differences were found across racial groups in study 2, except that whites reported greater handicap in the area of mobility.
Putzke, J. D.; Hicken, B. L.; Richards, J. S.
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