Letter to the Editor

Spinal Cord (2015) 53, 890; doi:10.1038/sc.2015.101; published online 9 June 2015

International spinal cord injury upper extremity basic data set version 1.1

F Biering-Sørensen1, A Bryden2, A Curt3, J Friden4, L A Harvey5, M J Mulcahey6, M R Popovic7, A Prochazka8, K A Sinnott9 and G Snoek10

  1. 1Department for Spinal Cord Injuries, Rigshospitalet and Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. 2The Cleveland FES Center/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
  3. 3Spinal Cord Injury Center, University of Zurich and University Hospital Balgrist, Zurich, Switzerland
  4. 4Department of Hand Surgery, Institute of ClinicalSciences, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  5. 5Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Northern Clinical School, Sydney School of Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  6. 6Jefferson School of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  7. 7Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  8. 8Division of Neuroscience, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  9. 9Burwood Academy of Independent Living, Burwood Hospital and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
  10. 10Roessingh Rehabilitation Center, Enschede, The Netherlands

Correspondence: F Biering-Sørensen, E-mail: fin.biering-soerensen@regionh.dk

In the International Spinal Cord Injury Upper Extremity Basic Data Set1 we have adjusted the wording of a variable’s description and a variable’s coding that we would like to bring to the attention of your readers.

The following two changes to the International Spinal Cord Injury Upper Extremity Basic Data Set from Version 1.0 to Version 1.1 are:

In relation to the variable ‘Basic hand-upper extremity function’ the following sentence has been added to the Description of the variable: ‘or functional gain after upper extremity reconstructive surgery or during or after the use of a neuroprosthesis’—this will enable the same scoring to be used following these interventions:

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In relation to the variable ‘Shoulder function classification’, the option ‘D. Full range of movement (ROM) of shoulder and independent reaching forward and upward’ was changed to ‘D. Ability to reach in all directions including lifting hand above the head reflecting at least grade 3 strength in the shoulder flexors and abductors and elbow extensors’. The modification was made because option D was not capturing the same construct as options A–C. Options A–C are descriptions of abilities, whereas option D was solely a description of strength even though it was not explicitly stated. In addition, the new definition now distinguishes between active and passive movement for clarity.

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The adjustments are now found on ISCoS website: http://www.iscos.org.uk/international-sci-upper-extremity-data-sets, together with training cases for Version 1.1 of the International Spinal Cord Injury Upper Extremity Basic Data Set.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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References

  1. Biering-Sørensen F, Bryden A, Curt A, Friden J, Harvey LA, Mulcahey MJ et al. International spinal cord injury upper extremity basic data set. Spinal Cord 2014; 52: 652–657. | Article | PubMed | ISI |