University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Lifestyle Redesign® for Pressure Ulcer Prevention in Spinal Cord Injury

Principal Investigator: Florence Clark NIH_logo_small

Funding Source: National Institutes of Health

Project Period: 09/01/2008 – 07/31/2014

Award Number: 1 R01 HD056267-01A1

Total Award: $2,820,242

USC:  Stan Azen, Erna Blanche, Joel Hay, Jennifer Unger
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital:  Salah Rubayi, Michael Scott

Abstract: Advanced pressure ulcers are a common and medically serious complication of spinal cord injury (SCI) and are associated with extremely high treatment costs and reduced quality of life. However, preventive interventions that address this problem have received very little research attention. To address this gap, we will investigate the efficacy of a promising lifestyle intervention designed to prevent pressure ulcers among at-risk members of the SCI population. The resulting five-year study will involve collaboration between researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC), who have developed the intervention based on the results of a qualitative investigation of lifestyle and ulcer risk among adults with SCI. The long-term objective of this project is to identify an intervention option that can enhance the health and life quality of the population of adults with SCI while simultaneously diminishing the heavy healthcare burden that results from the problem of SCI-related pressure ulcers.

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