The Perceived Prevalence of Secondary Complications among Persons with SCI

[Free, No CEUs] The session provides the empirical analysis of 123 Physiatrist and 120 Life Care Planners regarding their opinions as to the prevalence and frequency of secondary complications among persons with spinal cord injuries. Participants gave their opinions as to which secondary complications were likely to occur over an individual’s lifetime and with what frequency, if any. Opinions were then compared with the empirical literature. Participants described how decisions were made whether to include the costs of future secondary complications or not based on the possibility versus probability of such complications occurring.

Participants will learn how to better standardize their own SCI life care plans regarding when or if to include the costs of secondary complications as opposed to citing them as potential complications if possible to occur but not statistically supported as a probability in the literature or among non-life care planner physiatrists.


  1. Explain the empirical literature of prevalence of secondary complications among persons with SCI
  2. Define how physiatrist and non-physiatrist life care planners decide to include the costs of the future secondary complications in future life care plans
  3. Compare the opinions stated in the empirical analysis with their personal opinions

Noel Ysasi, PhD
Irmo Martini, PhD, CRC, CLCP

Here's what attendees said...
"Well done. Very helpful for life care planning indeed."
"Extremely interesting research."
"Great discussion on this topic. Looking forward to publication in the Journal of Life Care Planning."