Last updated on September 2018

The Austrian Spinal Cord Injury Study

Brief description of study

Traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) is a debilitating disease that leads to neurological deficits and often has long-term effects including severe lifelong disability. Given the devastating personal and economic consequences of SCI, it is critical to collect high-quality, prospective data. SCI has not been systemically assessed in Austria, and data regarding the etiology, incidence and prevalence are missing or significantly limited. More importantly to the individuals suffering from SCI, health care for SCI patients in Austria is not concentrated in specialized SCI centers but fragmented, which might result in a less effective recovery and rehabilitation of patients. Accordingly, the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg (PMU) and the Austrian Social Insurance for Occupational Risks (AUVA) initiated the Austrian Spinal Cord Injury Study (ASCIS) at the beginning of 2012. ASCIS is defined as an organized network that uses observational methods to collect uniform longitudinal clinical data that can provide insight into current patient care parameters and evaluates the outcome of SCI patients. ASCIS was initiated with the aim to develop a registry for patients with tSCI in Austria as a base for addressing research questions, improving patient outcomes and establishing a platform for future clinical trials. Furthermore, a major goal of ASCIS is to get knowledge about the natural recovery after spinal cord lesion in a larger population of patients in the sense of a historical control group and bring new standardized assessment tools to the clinical setting. Due to the involvement of acute trauma hospitals and rehabilitation centers, ASCIS is uniquely positioned to capture detailed hospital-related information on the (very)-acute, rehabilitation and chronic phases of tSCI patients. Additionally, ASCIS is cooperation partner of the European Multi-Center Study about Spinal Cord Injury (EMSCI).

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03109782

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