Do Risk Factors for Mortality After Spinal Cord Injury Parallel Those From the General United States Population?

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The purpose of this article is to summarize theoretical considerations in developing mortality risk models for people with spinal cord injury that are comparable to those in the general population, with an emphasis on behavioral and socioeconomic factors. The article describes the background and data that will ultimately be utilized to make these comparisons. This is part of a larger research initiative that addresses long-term outcomes after injury, including maintenance of health, quality of life, and longevity. This manuscript is a prelude to future analyses of data from this project.

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