National Spinal Cord Injury Database
The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence
since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 13% of new SCI cases
in the U.S. Since its inception, 28 federally funded SCI Model
Systems have contributed data to the National SCI Database. As of
March 2013, the database contained information on 29,377 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.
Data Collection Forms
Data Dictionary 2011-2016
Provides detailed information on how the Database data were
collected and coded
DeVivo Mentored Research Award:
The DeVivo Mentored Research Award
The DeVivo Mentored Research Award, sponsored and administered by
the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), is a
one one-year $3,000 research award for trainees at the doctoral and
post-doctoral level (including resident physicians) who are
interested in conducting a research project using the Spinal Cord
Injury Model System (SCIMS) database.
1. 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,
2. 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".
1. 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
1. 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".
2. 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".
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