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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 March 15, 2019, the database contained information on 33,782 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

Public De-Identified Data

Access to De-Identified Data

Database Research

Database Publications
Updated April 2019

Approved Access Requests
Updated March 2019

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 2019

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.

The DeVivo Mentored Research Award Past Recipients