Original articlesEvaluation of secondary complication awareness among individuals with spinal cord injuryKorkmaz, Nurdana; Yardimci, Gokhana; Ülgen, Esraa; Köroğlu, Özlemb; Yilmaz, Bilgeb Author Information aDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Health Sciences, Gaziler Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital and bDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gulhane School of Medicine, University of Health Sciences, Gaziler Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey Received 29 May 2022 Accepted 1 July 2022 Correspondence to Nurdan Korkmaz, MD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Health Sciences, Gaziler Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey, Tel: +90 31 2291 1803; e-mail: [email protected] International Journal of Rehabilitation Research: December 2022 - Volume 45 - Issue 4 - p 311-318 doi: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000544 Buy Metrics Abstract Secondary complications (SCs) are common and cause high morbidity and mortality in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). There is no information or a satisfactory scale of measurement for evaluating the opinions of individuals with SCI on whether they have sufficient knowledge about these complications. This study aimed to evaluate the opinions of individuals with SCI about whether they have sufficient information on SCI-related SCs. Demographic and clinical characteristics of 64 SCI individuals were recorded. A questionnaire was applied to evaluate the opinions of the participants and whether they have sufficient information about SCs before and after a multidisciplinary rehabilitation for SCI. A test was performed to measure the knowledge level at admission to the hospital and discharge. The mean value of the total questionnaire score, which was 6.2 at admission, increased to 7.91 at discharge (P < 0.001). All subgroup scores of the questionnaire were higher at discharge than at admission (all P < 0.05). Total, neurogenic bladder, neurogenic bowel and spasticity test scores increased at discharge compared to admission (all P < 0.05). There is a relationship between the change in questionnaire scores and some demographic and injury characteristics. The opinions of the individuals with SCI on having sufficient information about SCs and their knowledge levels increased after a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. Applying such a questionnaire and test at admission may have increased the awareness of the participants about SCs and contributed to a higher level of knowledge and opinion. Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.