Development of the international spinal cord injury activities and participation basic data set

M. W. Post*, S. Charlifue, F. Biering-Sørensen, A. Catz, M. P. Dijkers, J. Horsewell, V. K. Noonan, L. Noreau, D. G. Tate, K. A. Sinnott

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Study design: Consensus decision-making process. Objectives: The objective of this study was to develop an International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Activities and Participation (A&P) Basic Data Set. Setting: International working group. Methods: A committee of experts was established to select and define A&P data elements to be included in this data set. A draft data set was developed and posted on the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and American Spinal Injury Association websites and was also disseminated among appropriate organizations for review. Suggested revisions were considered, and a final version of the A&P Data Set was completed. Results: Consensus was reached to define A&P and to incorporate both performance and satisfaction ratings. Items that were considered core to each A&P domain were selected from two existing questionnaires. Four items measuring activities were selected from the Spinal Cord Independence Measure III to provide basic data on task execution in activities of daily living. Eight items were selected from the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique to provide basic data on the frequency of participation. An additional rating of satisfaction on a three-point scale for each item completes the total of 24 A&P variables. Conclusion: Collection of the International SCI A&P Basic Data Set variables in all future research on SCI outcomes is advised to facilitate comparison of results across published studies from around the world. Additional standardised instruments to assess activities of daily living or participation can be administered, depending on the purpose of a particular study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-534
Number of pages5
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016


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