Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study (SwiSCI) is the largest study for persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Switzerland. The study investigates their life situation: From life expectancy, quality of life, physical and mental health through to mobility, gainful employment, social participation and healthcare situation.
SwiSCI is funded by Swiss Paraplegic Foundation and carried out by Swiss Paraplegic Research. Partners are the four Swiss paraplegic centers in Nottwil, Basel, Sion and Zurich, the Swiss Paraplegic Association as well as the outpatient care association ParaHelp. Furthermore, SwiSCI closely cooperates with project groups at Swiss universities and international research institutions.
With SwiSCI, we identify problems and needs of persons with spinal cord injuries and develop approaches to optimize care. The SwiSCI results form the basis for political and healthcare decisions. As a research platform, SwiSCI enables an exchange with scientists and experts from the healthcare and social sector at national and international level.
SwiSCI collects long-term data: We accompany persons with SCI during acute rehabilitation in hospitals and later in everyday life. Through regular surveys, we investigate the development of health and quality of life under the influence of medical-technological progress, provision of healthcare and social changes.