Editors’ note Spinal cord injury (SCI) can occur to anyone, in any place. Male or female, rich or poor, young or old, any person is susceptible. The consequences of SCI can be physical, emotional and social, affecting a person in everything from bodily metabolism to family relationships. In this issue of The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, we present articles from around the world that explore some of these consequences of SCI and how clinicians and patients are working to improve the lives of people affected by them. From Norway, Ellen Hagen et al. explore the transition from a patient under care to a person with SCIrelated bladder management issues, and how the individual manages on their own, and the importance of Spinal Cord Injury Units in providing ongoing support and information. From the Netherlands, Casper van Koppenhagen et al. examine the relationship between wheelchair exercise capacity and life satisfaction in persons with SCI, providing a 5-year follow-up that demonstrates a positive relationship between wheelchair exercise capability and life satisfaction. And from Iran, Zahra Khazaeipour et al. emphasize the importance of health planners and social service workers becoming knowledgeable about the impact on the psychological health and social well being of persons with SCI that culture and community can have. This issue also provides feedback on articles recently and newly published. In the first installment of a new feature for the Journal, Sigmund Hough provides an editorial on an article in this issue by Charles Bombardier et al. on medical treatment of depression in persons with SCI. In each of our regular issues, we plan to invite a notable figure in the SCI clinical and research community to provide comment on an article we publish. We also include in this issue a letter from Viroj Wiwanitkit and a response from Sara Locatelli on “Influenza infection control guidance provided to staff at VA facilities for Veterans with spinal cord injury during a pandemic”, published in the Journal in November 2013. The editors are committed to the idea that scientific and clinical progress is furthered by dialog and discussion between researchers and clinicians, and hope that our readers will join in conversation with our authors to deepen our understanding of how to assist people with SCI in living life to the full. We encourage our readers to visit http:/www.maneyonline.com/loi/scm, the Journal’s home on Maney Publishing’s online platform. There, subscribers have access to all of our online content, past and present, including Advance Articles which have not yet appeared in print. Have a comment on an article? Email the editors at [email protected] Donald Bodner, MD Editor Carolann Murphy, PA Assistant Editor Steve Cavanaugh, Origin Editorial Managing Editor [email protected]

© The Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Inc. 2014 DOI 10.1179/1079026814Z.000000000261

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