National Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) Database


The National SCIMS Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 6% of new SCI cases in the U.S. Since its inception, 29 federally funded SCI Model Systems have contributed data to the National SCIMS Database. As of December 2016, the database contained information on 32,159 persons who sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries. To assure comparability of data acquired by personnel in various centers, rigid scientific criteria have been established for the collection, management and analysis of information entered into the database. National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center staff has also developed quality control procedures that further enhance the reliability and validity of the database.

What Is The National SCIMS Database

Using National SCIMS Database

Definition and Eligibility

Database Research

Database Publications
Updated July 2017

Approved Access Requests
Updated November 2017

Data Collection Forms

SCIMS Data Collection Forms 2016-2021

SCIMS Data Collection Forms 2011-2016

SCIMS Data Collection Forms 2006-2011

SCIMS Data Collection Forms 2000-2006

Data Dictionary

Data Dictionary 2016 - 2021

Data Dictionary 2011 - 2016

Data Dictionary 2000 - 2006

The DeVivo Mentored Research Award

DeVivo Award 2017

The DeVivo Mentored Research Award, sponsored and administered by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), is a one-year $3,000 research award for trainees who are interested in conducting a research project using data from the Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) National Database.

Past recipients:

2009
1. Gina Armstrong, MD (mentor: Marcel Dijkers, PhD), Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Project title “Do Gender Differences Exist in Patterns and Consequences of Alcohol Use Following Spinal Cord Injury?”

2. Yue Cao, MS (mentor: Sean-Shong Hwang, PhD), UAB Department of Sociology, Birmingham, AL. Project title “Cumulative Advantage of Education on the Health and Life Quality After Spinal Cord Injury”.

2010
3. Katya Radkevich, MD (mentor: Stephen Burns, MD), VA Puget Sound Health Care Systems, Seattle, WA. Project title “United States Veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Database”.

4. Katherine W Stenson, MD (mentor: Anne Deutsch, PhD, CRRN, RN and David Chen, MD), Rehab Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Project title “A Comparison of Medicare Patients in the SCI Model System Database and the National Medicare Databases”.

2012
5. Hwasoon Kim, MS (mentor: Garry Cutter, PhD), UAB Department of Biostatistics, Birmingham, AL. Project title “Modeling to Predict Loss to Follow-up In the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Database”.

2014
6. Hannah W Mercier, MS, OTR/L (mentor: Alan Jette, PhD, PT), Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, MA. Project title “Effects of Rehospitalization among Adults with Spinal Cord Injury on Quality of Life, Independence, and Participation”.

7. Jordan Garman, DO (mentor: Keneshia Kirksey, MD and Elizabeth Richardson, PhD, MSPH), UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Birmingham, AL. Project title “Factors Contributing to Transition of Bladder Management Method Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury”.

2017
8. Cristina Kline-Quiroz, DO (mentor: Jayne Donovan, MD and Amanda Botticello, PhD), Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ. Project title “Factors Associated with Return to Education after Spinal Cord Injury”.