SFU cardiovascular physiology researcher Victoria Claydon surveyed almost 300 people with spinal cord injuries at or above the middle of the chest on their most pressing quality of life concerns.

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Study shows bowel care is the most pressing quality of life issue for those with spinal cord injury

February 15, 2018
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Bowel care, followed by sexual and bladder function and pain, is the most pressing quality of life issue for people with certain spinal cord injuries, according to a new study by SFU cardiovascular physiology researcher Victoria Claydon.

Her latest study, published today in the Journal of Neurotrauma, focuses on the results of her multi-national study, which surveyed almost 300 participants with spinal cord injuries at or above the mid-thoracic level (middle of the chest).

As a first step towards improving quality of life for this community, Claydon first had to collect data on the most pressing concerns for individuals with spinal cord injury. Her results showed that bowel care, followed by sexual function, bladder function and pain were of key concern. Surprisingly, one of the lowest-ranked concerns was using a wheelchair for mobility.

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