Supporting Patient Decisions About UE Surgery in Cervical SCI

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT03464409


The goal of this study is to collect and describe patient and caregiver reported outcomes regarding surgical and non-surgical treatment for improving hand and arm function in the setting of cervical spinal cord injury. Eligible study participants will be recruited across the 4 sites and the investigators plan to recruit the following groups and numbers of participants: 1. Nerve or tendon transfer recipients: people who have elected to undergo nerve (N=10) or tendon (N=10) transfer surgery to restore some hand and arm function as part of their standard clinical care and their caregiver (N=20) 2. Non-surgical control group: people with cervical SCI (N=20) and their caregiver (N=20)

Official Title

Supporting Patient Decisions About Upper Extremity Surgery in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury (Aim 2)

Stanford Investigator(s)

Catherine Curtin MD
Catherine Curtin MD

Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery



Inclusion criteria:

   - Adult subjects (≥18 years and < 80 years) with cervical level SCI ASIA A, B or C
   (minimum 6 months and maximum 20 years post-injury).

Exclusion criteria:

   - Patient who chooses simultaneous tendon and nerve transfer procedure (this would
   preclude separation of the influence of one surgery compared to the other)

   - Patient has ASIA D status (these patients may have progressive return of functionally
   useful motor function below the level of the SCI and would not routinely be offered
   acute surgical intervention and their experiences are less-relevant to the target
   patient population).


Inclusion criteria:

   - At least 18 years of age

   - Able to answer questions about the primary participant's experiences with cervical
   spinal cord injury

Exclusion criteria:

   - The caregiver/spouse declines to participate in the study. Note: Caregiver
   participation is preferred, but not required, for SCI participant enrollment.


other: Semi-structured interview

other: Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM-SR)

other: SF-36

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Catherine Curtin, MD