VANCOUVER, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Twenty-five years after the historic
Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour to raise awareness about spinal
cord injury research, accessibility and inclusivity, Canadians vastly
underestimate the costs of treating and caring for people with spinal
cord injury and other chronic illnesses that result in paralysis,
according to a wide-raging survey conducted for The Rick Hansen Institute by Angus Reid Public Opinion.
Despite the widespread lack of knowledge about SCI indicated by this
poll, Canadians still attribute high levels of importance to healthcare
and scientific research, acknowledge that continued investment in this
research is important, and feel positively towards organizations
working to improve quality of life of individuals while reducing
"Spinal cord injury continues to be one of the most expensive initial
and ongoing health care costs in the entire medical system, yet most
Canadians are largely unaware of SCI's impact on individuals and
society as a whole," said Bill Barrable, CEO of the Rick Hansen
Institute. An estimated 86,000 Canadians have an SCI, with more than
4,300 new cases reported each year.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SURVEY
The majority of those polled (87%) vastly underestimated the cost of SCI
on Canada and its healthcare system, guessing the figure to be no
greater than $100 million a year (about 3% of the actual figure of $3
billion a year)
Only 7% were able to identify the approximate number of Canadians who
develop paralysis each day from stroke and spinal cord injury
(estimated at 60 Canadians each day).
89% of Canadians support continued investment to spur research that
investigates new treatments applicable to multiple diseases and medical
"The survey shows that Canadians are undeniably supportive of scientific
research, and are aware of the fact that many advances have arrived
when science is supported by the public," said Mario Canseco, of Angus
Reid Public Opinion.
Infographics and other charts illustrating polling results are available
About the Rick Hansen Institute:
The Rick Hansen Institute's goal is creating a world without paralysis
after SCI. It works towards this goal by accelerating research and
translating clinical findings into practical solutions to develop new
treatments, improve care and reduce the cost burden on taxpayers.
SOURCE Rick Hansen Institute
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Rick Hansen Institute