Original Articles: PDF OnlyRehabilitation Outcomes in Complete C5 QuadriplegiaYarkony, Gary M. MD1,2; Roth, Elliot MD1,2; Lovell, Linda BS2; Heinemann, Allen PhD1,2; Katz, Richard T. MD1; Wu, Yeongchi MD1,2Author Information 1From the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois 2Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: April 1988 - Volume 67 - Issue 2 - p 73-76 Free Abstract Establishment of rehabilitation goals for spinal cord injury patients generally has been based on the degree of residual motor function. Despite extensive clinical experience with spinal cord injury rehabilitation, there have been no reports of the ability of C5 quadriplegic patients to perform self-care and mobility skills before and after rehabilitation. This study was designed to examine the rehabilitation outcomes of 63 patients with C5 complete quadriplegia, who completed an interdisciplinary inpatient rehabilitation program, using the 100-point modified Barthel Index as a means of rating functional status. There were statistically significant increases in the mean modified Barthel index scores from 7.1 on admission to 28.9 on discharge for the entire group of patients. The self-care subscore increased significantly from 6.5 on admission to 20.0 on discharge and the mobility subscore increased significantly from 0.5 on admission to 8.9 on discharge. Ability to perform self-care and mobility subscore tasks is described. This study documented significant improvements in function during comprehensive rehabilitation among patients with C5 spinal cord injury © Williams & Wilkins 1988. All Rights Reserved.