SCI Model System

Baylor Scott & White Spinal Cord Injury Model System 

The Baylor Scott & White Spinal Cord Injury Model System (BSW-SCIMS) is a nationally recognized program that supports innovative clinical care and research to evaluate medical, rehabilitation, vocational and other services to meet the needs of individuals with SCI. The BSW-SCIMS is one of 14 centers nationwide that was awarded a competitive grant by the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), due to its recognition as a national leader in SCI research and patient care.

Purpose of the SCI Model System
  • Deliver coordinated rehabilitation care to patients withSCI
  • Track the health of patients over their life-time to better understand and support their recovery
  • Conduct innovative research to improve patient outcomes
  • Participate in collaborative, multi-site research with other SCI Model System centers across the country
  • Provide resources to patients and families

 

The Baylor Scott & White Spinal Cord Injury Model System is currently funded between 2021-2026 and provides the largest continuum of care to individuals with SCI in North Texas and surrounding states. This continuum includes emergency medical services, acute care, rehabilitation, and outpatient services. As part of the Baylor Scott &White Health system, the BSW-SCIMS pools the efforts and talents of caring individuals with expertise in areas such as rehabilitation, neuropsychology, and therapy at one of the top-ranked rehabilitation institution's in the country.

Local Project

Prevention of Posttraumatic Stress: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Modified Brief Prolonged Exposure Therapy (Brief PE) During Inpatient Rehabilitation Post SCI

Investigators

Mark Powers, PhD (PI); Ann Marie Warren, PhD (co-PI); Seema Sikka, MD (Co-I)

Importance

Although the physical outcomes associated with SCI have been widely studied, the psychological consequences of sustaining a SCI remain less explored. Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is a well-researched and highly effective treatment for PTSD across multiple traumas. However, early intervention with Brief PE for PTSD prevention among people post SCI in a rehabilitation setting has not yet been tested. We aim to conduct the first test of the Brief PE intervention to prevent PTSD among patients with SCI.

Goal

We will conduct a RCT to examine the efficacy of the modified Brief PE intervention delivered in an inpatient rehabilitation setting post-SCI to reduce PTSD symptoms (primary outcome) at 1, 3, and 6 months from baseline; (2) Examine the efficacy of the modified brief PE intervention on secondary outcomes including depression, general anxiety, pain, and quality of life at 1, 3, and 6 months from baseline; and (3) Assess the feasibility and fidelity of delivering the Brief PE intervention to people with SCI.

 

Baylor Scott & White Spinal Cord Injury Model System Investigators

Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation

Ann Marie Warren, PhD, ABPP | Project Director

Rita Hamilton, DO | Co-Project Director

Mark Powers, PhD | Co-Investigator

Seema Sikka, MD | Co-Investigator

Chad Swank, PT, PhD | Co-Investigator

Simon Driver, PhD | Co-Investigator

Monica Bennett, PhD | Biostatistician

Librada Callender, MPH, CCRC | Project Manager

Megan Douglas, PhD | Interventionist

Chista Ochoa, MPH | Research Coordinator

Erina Sarker, MPH | Research Coordinator

Jacqueline Nguyen, MPH | Research Coordinator
 
About Our Funding

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90SIMS0011). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.