Tools for Assessing Individualized Risk for Unintentional Injuries Among Those With Spinal Cord Injury

About the Webcast

Many resources for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) offer general information and suggestions designed to be helpful to anyone with SCI. But what if someone wants to find out something specific to his or her situation? In this webcast, Drs. Cao and Li demonstrate calculators that predict unintentional injury among those who have SCI. These tools allow people with SCI to predict their individual risk for unintentional injuries based on their demographic information, level of SCI, and behaviors like alcohol and drug use. Users can modify factors and see how their rates of injury can increase or decrease accordingly. These tools were developed by the project A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-being after Spinal Cord Injury.

This webcast is part of a Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER Center) webcast series featuring National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) projects that promote the adoption of findings from previously funded NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects. The KTER Center works with these projects to share information about their knowledge translation plans and products with other NIDILRR grantees and interested researchers.

Archives of previous webcasts in this series are available on the KTER website. In one of those prior webcasts, hear the principal investigator of this award, Dr. James Krause, discuss the overall knowledge translation strategies for this project in the archived 2019 Webcast. Information about other projects featured in this series is also available: 2016 Webcast2017 Webcast, and 2018 Webcasts.

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About the Presenters:

Photo of Yue Cao

Yue Cao, PhD, MSPH, holds the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Health Science and Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. He graduated from the joint program (PhD in medical sociology and MSPH in epidemiology) at the University of Alabama–Birmingham. He previously worked at the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, where he completed his postdoctoral training. His research interests focus on the epidemiology of spinal cord injury, health disparities, and psychosocial perspectives of rehabilitation. In the past 4 years, he has authored or coauthored 21 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 19 presentations in national or international conferences.

Photo of Chao Li

Chao Li, PhD,  obtained his PhD degree in epidemiology from the University of South Carolina and joined the Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions at the Medical University of South Carolina as a research associate. He works with Dr. James Krause and his research team on several spinal cord injury research projects. Dr. Li’s current research interest concentrates on chronic health conditions, with an emphasis on risk and protective behaviors, quality of life, employment, and nutrition among people with spinal cord injury and other types of disabling conditions. He serves as first and contributing author on several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and presents at national and international conferences.