Secondary Complications & Aging Task Force
To promote healthy aging among people with SCI and assist the prevention and management of secondary complications of SCI through education, research, and policy.
Goals of the task force are to:
- Contribute to the conduct of high-quality research about (1) the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of secondary complications post-SCI and (2) aging with SCI.
- Facilitate inter-disciplinary and inter-organizational collaboration among clinicians, researchers, and consumers interested in aging with SCI and secondary complications of SCI
- Support the creation and dissemination of educational materials for clinicians and consumers about aging with SCI and secondary complications of SCI
- Assist the creation or revision of policy (local, state, federal, or other) pertaining to secondary complications or issues encountered while aging with SCI
Check out our current projects and recently developed products below and reach out to the co-chairs to learn more about the task force and contributing to its activities. Clinicians, researchers, and consumers are all welcome.
CO-CHAIR: Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT
Senior Research Scientist, Spinal Cord Injury Research
West Orange, NJ
CO-CHAIR: Swati Mehta, MA, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Regina
- Development of an Information/Education Page < https://acrm.org/publications/archives-of-pm-r/information-education-pages/> designed to help people with SCI work with health care providers to create a pain management plan that meets their needs and priorities. Current title: “Strategies to help you be an active partner in your pain management: A guide for people with spinal cord injury”
- Contributing to conduct of systematic reviews on topics related to secondary complications and aging
TASK FORCE PRODUCTS
- Zanca JM, Heyn P, Horn S, Charlifue S, Hsieh CH, Brienza DM, Chen Y, Dyson-Hudson T, Backus D, Secondary Complications and Aging Task Force of ACRM Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group. Evaluating Your Pressure Ulcer Prevention Plan: A problem-solving worksheet for people with spinal cord injury and their health care providers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Nov; 96(11):2089-90.
- Yarar-Fisher C, Heyn P, Zanca JM, Charlifue S, Hsieh J, Brienza DM, and the Secondary Complications and Aging Task Force of ACRM Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group. Early Identification of Cardiovascular Diseases in People with Spinal Cord Injury: Key Information for Primary Care Providers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. In press.