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Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Launches Online Survey to Understand Impacts of COVID-19 on People with Spinal Cord Injury

ALLENTOWN, PA — Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network has launched an online survey to understand how the lives of people with spinal cord injury have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The short survey, which must be completed by July 15, 2020, is open to anyone with a spinal cord injury. The survey seeks a variety of information about quality of life and overall well-being for people with spinal cord injury including:

  • Demographics
  • Exercise program
  • Emotional well-being
  • Pain
  • Current health status

“COVID-19 is challenging enough for the general public, but it can be especially challenging for people with spinal cord injury who might not be able to access services and care that they routinely need to maintain their quality of life,” says Mary G. Brownsberger, PsyD, ABPP, director of Psychology at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “This survey, which is voluntary and completely anonymous, can provide valuable insight and help us understand more specifics about the coronavirus’ impacts on one’s everyday life and health.”

Follow-up surveys will occur in December 2020 and June 2021 to gauge ongoing impact.

For additional information or to receive a paper copy of the survey, contact Emily Lyter, PT, DPT, at 610-776-3245 or Mary G. Brownsberger at 610-776-3233.

About Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Founded in 1908 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is an internationally known physical rehabilitation provider that offers a complete continuum of care for adults and children with physical and cognitive challenges.

Good Shepherd’s 2,100 Associates treat patients at more than 70 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Good Shepherd cares for adults and children with catastrophic injuries and conditions, such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputation and major multiple traumas and provides outpatient musculoskeletal and orthopedic rehabilitation services, home health, long-term acute care and long-term care.

The Good Shepherd Physician Group is highly regarded for clinical excellence and its commitment to maximizing patients’ functional outcomes, delivering compassionate care and being a national leader in the use of innovative rehabilitation technologies. Good Shepherd physicians are experts who specialize in various aspects of rehabilitation care.

Good Shepherd is the world’s leading clinical user of the Ekso Bionics® exoskeleton to treat patients with spinal cord injuries and was one of four facilities internationally designated by Ekso as a “Center for Robotic Excellence.” Good Shepherd’s long-term care facilities have consistently received 5-star ratings from US News and World Report.

Good Shepherd is a not-for-profit health-care network with a strong commitment to building better communities through partnerships with organizations whose vision and values reflect its own. Good Shepherd partners with the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) to provide comprehensive rehabilitation and specialty services in the Greater Philadelphia area through Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a joint venture.