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A study of the spinal cord injured population of the Chios island of Greece

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Author(s): Ioannis Koutsodontis | Maria Lavdaniti | Despina Sapountzi-Krepia | Georgios Giaglis | Spyros G. Fountoukis | Andreas Pavlakis | Maria Psychogiou | Ismini Serpanou | Markos Sgantzos

Journal: International Journal of Caring Sciences
ISSN 1791-5201

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 90;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: spinal cord injuries | epidemiology | public health | Greece

ABSTRACT
Objective: The objective of this study was to explore the epidemiological profile of the spinal cord injuredpopulation living on the Greek island Chios.Methods: We interviewed the regional spinal cord injured population. Participants were recruited from theisland’s capital and its 52 villages. The target population was all the SCI individuals living on Chios Island (n=38),out of which 34 (response rate was 89%) patients were interviewed in their homes using an especially designedquestionnaire.Results: The mean age of the subjects at the time of the injury was 43 and the majority (n=23, 67.6%) were male.The employment status of the participants changed after the injury from 64.7% (n=22) to 32.4% (n=11). Trafficaccidents were the cause of the SCI for 44.8%, with a significant difference from the other causes of injury(p
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