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Primary Health Care for Spinal Cord Injury

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) has funded a pilot project to identify how best to build capacity for the care of persons with Spinal Cord Injury in primary care.  The main objective of this project is to assist persons with a SCI receive the right care, at the right time, in the right setting, through a collaboration between primary care providers and the Regional Spinal Cord Team at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS).

This project helps to build capacity for care of persons with a SCI in primary care through support by a Nurse Clinician with extensive training and experience working with persons with SCI. The SCI Nurse Clinician:

  • Acts as a resource for primary care practitioners on issues related to providing health care for persons with an SCI.
  • Acts as a liaison between the family physician and the Spinal Cord Injury Team at HHS.
  • Assists SCI patients and their health care providers address their main health concerns, negotiate goals and create a plan to successfully manage their health problems.

As part of the initiative to support family physicians, a resource tool has been developed to facilitate access to the information that is needed to care for patients with SCI. It contains:

  • Local community resources
  • Links to online resources
  • Key contacts at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre
  • Specialist referral information

If you have questions or comments about this project, please email the study coordinator at ssincla@mcmaster.ca.

Resources for family physicians:

SCORE - Resource Tool
Provider Flow sheet
Caring for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury Health Promotion Plan

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