The Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based, not-for-profit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI).
Headquartered in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, The Institute leverages a global network of like-minded individuals and organizations to reduce the severity of spinal cord injury, improve their health care outcomes, and reduce health care costs.
Significant progress has been made in the field of SCI research, treatment and services in Canada.
1. Translational Research- with a focus on:
2. Best Practices Implementation- working to affect the changes in clinical practices necessary to achieve the best possible health outcomes for Canadians with SCI, from acute care to community integration by:
3. Rick Hansen SCI Registry- an unprecedented, nationwide project that is collecting critical information on SCI at every major Canadian acute care and rehabilitation hospitals across the country.
Spinal cord injury in Canada
Spinal cord injury is one of the greatest survivable catastrophes experienced by a human being. Regardless of cause or age at injury, SCI has a devastating impact on an injured person's health and well-being, and far reaching consequences for individuals, their families and the health care system.
Required care is highly specialized and complex - including costs for acute, rehabilitative, emergency, primary mental health, home and long term care and adaptive equipment - resulting in substantial financial costs for governments.