Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems for Minnesota Region (SCIMS)


About this study

The purpose of this study is to contribute to the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) national database through longitudinal assessment of long-term health and psychosocial outcomes after acquired spinal cord injury (SCI). 



Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of an external traumatic event that results in a spinal cord injury, including surgical procedures, radiation, and medical complications.
  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensory and/or motor function as a result of the traumatic event.
  •  Admission to the system within one year of injury.
  • Discharge from the System Rehab as:
    • Having completed inpatient acute rehabilitation;
    • Deceased.
  • Signed informed consent and HIPAA authorization forms.
  • Reside in the geographic catchment area of the system at the time of the injury.  Patients may be injured outside of the catchment area.
  • A US citizen or non-US citizen who is expected to stay in the catchment area.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Must not have previously been treated at another model system for the injury.
    • Ensures that patients are enrolled into the database by only one model system.
  • Must not have completed an organized rehabilitation program prior to the admission to the system.

Eligibility last updated 1/24/22. Questions regarding updates should be directed to the study team contact.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Ronald Reeves, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Tyson Scrabeck CCRP

(507) 538-1016


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