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Publicly funded home care service use in the first 2 years after spinal cord injury in Ontario, Canada

Chan BC, Cronin S, Jaglal SB, Craven BC. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2020; Feb 1 [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01621424.2020.1723772


The objectives of this study were to describe home care utilization and costs in community-dwelling individuals 2 years post-spinal cord injury (SCI) in Ontario, Canada. This retrospective incident cohort study uses administrative health care data to identify individuals with traumatic SCI (tSCI). Time to service delivery and frequency of service delivery and costs were calculated. A total of 798 individuals with tSCI comprised the cohort. In the first 2 years, personal support/homemaking was the most utilized service. Median cumulative home care 2 years post-discharge was $7,200 ($1,240–35,410 25–75% interquartile range). This study highlights the importance of home care to individuals with SCI.

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