About the Project
The Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Outreach and Services Database is a collaboration with VCU's Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE), Sheltering Arms Hospital, McGuire VA Medical Center, United Spinal Associations of Virginia, Sportable, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Wilson Workforce Rehabilitation Center. This project is funded by the Commonwealth Neurotrama Initiative's Trust Fund and is led by Dr. Zina Trost and Dr. Lance Goetz. The research was initially proposed by Dr. Melody Mickens, who now works at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
The primary goal of this project is to collect longitudinal data in order to create a registry to track the medical and psychosocial needs of Virginians with spinal cord injuries. Through collecting this data, the project staff hopes to better identify service needs within the state of Virginia. By better establishing these needs and discrepancies in treatment and community reintegration options, the project staff aims to work with partnering sites to strengthen and expand services being delivered.