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According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, a total of approximately 203,000 people in the United Stated suffered from spinal cord injuries (SCI) in 1999; each year, approximately 10,000new cases occur (Hampton& Marshall, 2000). These numbers indicate that many people encounter SCI, whether experienced by themselves, loved ones, or merely acquaintances. Males comprise about 80%of spinal cord cases. Adolescents and young adults are at greatest risk for SCI, resulting in a lifetime of special needs (Sullivan, 1999). Although a chronic injury, victims are still able to continue to live long, productive lives.
McAlpin, Laura, "Quality of Life After Spinal Cord Injury and Nursing Implications" (2002). Honors Theses. 1119.
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