• St. Joseph's Health Crisis Fund

Rehabilitation for Patients with Acquired Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries

Funding Need: $104,720

People who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) or acquired brain injury (ABI) may face long-term disability due to their brain health rather than their physical health. This means that they may develop traits such as anxiety, distress and avoidance – all of which impact their quality of life.

Looking at a group of SCI and ABI patients, medical researchers will identify personality traits and explore how they interact with the person’s long-term injury. They will also address which traits contribute to long-term disability and determine the type of SCI/ABI patient that would benefit from more intensive, individualized care. This would help clinicians be more proactive with high-risk patients in order to reduce long-term negative outcomes.