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Recommendations for the National Institute for Neurologic Disorders and Stroke spinal cord injury common data elements for children and youth with SCI


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Mulcahey, M. J.; Vogel, L. C.; Sheikh, M.; Arango-Lasprilla, J. C.; Augutis, M.; Garner, E.; Hagen, E. M.; Jakeman, L. B.; Kelly, E.; Martin, R.; Odenkirchen, J.; Scheel-Sailer, A.; Schottler, J.; Taylor, H.; Thielen, C. C.; Zebracki, K.




Spinal Cord




Adolescent Child Child, Preschool *Common Data Elements Humans Infant Infant, Newborn National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (U.S.) *Spinal Cord Injuries/diagnosis/epidemiology/therapy United States

STUDY DESIGN: In 2014, the adult spinal cord injury (SCI) common data element (CDE) recommendations were made available. This project was a review of the adult SCI CDE for relevance to children and youth with SCI. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to review the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) adult SCI CDEs for relevance to children and youth with SCI. SETTING: International. METHODS: The pediatric working group consisted of international members with varied fields of expertise related to pediatric SCI. The group convened biweekly meetings for 6 months in 2015. All of the adult SCI CDEs were reviewed, evaluated and modified/created for four age groups: 0-5 years, 6-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years. Whenever possible, results of published research studies were used to guide recommendations. In the absence of empirical support, grey literature and international content expert consensus were garnered. Existing pediatric NINDS CDEs and new CDEs were developed in areas where adult recommendations were not appropriate. After internal working group review of domain recommendations, these pediatric CDEs were vetted during a public review from November through December 2015. RESULTS: Version 1.0 of the pediatric SCI CDEs was posted in February 2016. CONCLUSION: The pediatric SCI CDEs are incorporated directly into the NINDS SCI CDE sets and can be found at

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