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Study of determinants of care costs for spinal cord injured patients

Grant number: 10/18425-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2011
Effective date (End): October 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Riberto
Grantee:Fábio Therezo Galliano
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


Spinal cord injury is a health condition with many consequences to functioning. High costs have been associated to acute and post-acute care of these individuals, but there is no study with a Brazilian context. The objective of this study is to measure the costs associated to the care of patients with spinal cord injury, as well as to identify determinants of such costs. A review of charts of patients who were treated in the Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto will be performed and data relative to medical, non-medical care, as well as exams and devices used will be analyzed both in the acute and post-acute phase. Functional outcomes will be correlated to those data. (AU)

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