Journal article

Respiratory function and respiratory complications in spinal cord injury: protocol for a prospective, multicentre cohort study in high-income countries

Anja M Raab, Martin WG Brinkhof, David J Berlowitz, Karin Postma, David Gobets, Sven Hirschfeld, Maria TE Hopman, Burkhart Huber, Margret Hund-Georgiadis, Xavier Jordan, Martin Schubert, Renate Wildburger, Gabi Mueller

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


INTRODUCTION: Pneumonia is one of the leading complications and causes of death after a spinal cord injury (SCI). After a cervical or thoracic lesion, impairment of the respiratory muscles decreases respiratory function, which increases the risk of respiratory complications. Pneumonia substantially reduces patient's quality of life, may prolong inpatient rehabilitation time, increase healthcare costs or at worse, lead to early death. Respiratory function and coughing can be improved through various interventions after SCI, but the available evidence as to which aspect of respiratory care should be optimised is inconclusive. Furthermore, ability of respiratory function parameters to predict p..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Wings for Life, a spinal cord research foundation (Salzburg, Austria)

Funding Acknowledgements

This project is supported by Wings for Life, a spinal cord research foundation (Salzburg, Austria), grant number WFL-CH-014/16. Start-up costs for the participating Swiss Centres were covered by the SwiSCI nested project start-up grant of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation.