Pulse article: Survey on the current usage of the International Standards for the Assessment of Autonomic Function after Spinal Cord Injury (ISAFSCI)

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Abstract

Study design Online questionnaire. Objectives To identify the awareness, and current use, of the International Standards for the Assessment of Autonomic Function after SCI (ISAFSCI) and suggest necessary revisions. Setting An international collaboration of committee members. Methods A survey was drafted and consensus achieved among members of the International Standards Committee of the ASIA. The questionnaire was posted on SurveyMonkey for 2 months. A survey link was posted on the ASIA and ISCoS websites, and committee members circulated the survey to colleagues with the goal of obtaining a wide-spread international response. Results A total of 173 providers responded. About half (n = 84) of the respondents used the standards in some form. Forty-four percent (n = 72) felt they knew the difference between the standards and the data sets. Among 135 responses on the usefulness of the ISAFSCI, the bladder, bowel, and sexual function sections, and the heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and sudomotor sections for use in patients with tetraplegia were reported as most useful. Comments revealed that respondents would like more explanation regarding specificdefinitions of components of the standards, how/when to use the ISAFSCI, and how the ISAFSCI may assist in clinical care. Conclusion The ISAFSCI is used by a subset of SCI clinicians. Some find the standards useful, while others are unaware of the utility of the ISAFSCI to prevent morbidity and assist in documentation of autonomic recovery post SCI. Further clarification regarding the definition of various disorders, and how and why to use the ISAFSCI in the SCI population, is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17100
JournalSpinal Cord
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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