SwiSCI - Health
Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study - SwiSCI - is a comprehensive cohort study for persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Switzerland, funded by Swiss Paraplegic Foundation.
The core research of SwiSCI focuses on many aspects of functioning, health and quality of life of persons with SCI along the continuum of care, in the community and along their life span.
SwiSCI intends to establish a scientific basis for cost-effective and evidence-based care for people with SCI in the clinical and community setting. Furthermore the study will help to optimize procedures and planning of specialized services in Switzerland and elsewhere. SwiSCI has role model character for multi-disciplinary rehabilitation research in Switzerland.
Fekete C, Siegrist J, Reinhardt JD, Brinkhof M, for the SwiSCI Study Group: Is Financial Hardship Associated with Reduced Health in Disability? The Case of Spinal Cord Injury in Switzerland. PLOS One, February 2014, Volume 9, Issue 2.
Fekete C, Siegrist J, Post MWM, Brinkhof MWG, and for the SwiSCI Study Group: Productive activities, mental health and quality of life in disability: exploring the role enhancement and the role strain hypotheses. BMC Psychology (2019) 7:1, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-018-0276-6
Social inequalities in health have been documented all over the world. There is strong evidence that indicators of socioeconomic position such as education, income or employment status affect health, leaving those in lower positions at higher risk for morbidity and premature mortality.
To date, major evidence comes from cohort studies of general populations, whereas relatively few investigations analyzed social inequalities in health among persons with a disability.
In order to better understand and optimize the quality of life and health of persons with SCI SwiSCI strives for three special aims:
- the development of comprehensive knowledge on functioning, disability, health and aging with SCI in Switzerland;
- the identification of approaches centering in optimizing care, for example the use of devices, or decisions by law influencing the SCI population;
- the development of an epidemiologic database containing broad information on the characteristics of spinal cord injuries for health professionals, researchers and stakeholders in social and health care policy;
- provide a research platform for nested and joint projects and develop research capacity.