This study describes the rehabilitation length and functional outcome in the Netherlands for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI).
Data from 157 patients from eight rehabilitation centers were analyzed. Level and completeness of injury, bed rest because of pressure sores, and length of stay were predictors of function. Length of stay in the Netherlands is very long, compared with length of stay in the U.S., but the outcomes are not necessarily better.
Functional outcome appears slightly better in persons with complete tetraplegia, but not in persons with complete paraplegia. Investigators argue that international studies are necessary to reveal strengths and weaknesses of SCI rehabilitation systems in different countries.
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