Spine Care

CERTAIN is helping improve the quality of spine care by:

Low back pain is common and expensive, with estimated annual associated costs for patients, employers, and insurers exceeding $25 billion in the United States each year. Treatments for chronic low back pain have varying degrees of invasiveness, from physical therapy to steroid injections to surgeries. Surgical and other interventional procedures are being increasingly used, but many questions need to be addressed to make sure that the greatest number of people with chronic pain get the right treatments at the right time. 

CERTAIN engages the perspectives of all stakeholders - physicians, patients, payers, and policymakers - in the development of quality improvement and research activities to improve clinical care. The CERTAIN Spine Care Forum was created to bring together these stakeholders into a community that will commonly “own” the issues facing those who are treating, receiving, and paying for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Through the Spine Care Forum, stakeholders are coming together to share perspectives and work toward consensus on avenues for improving the safety, quality, effectiveness and appropriateness of spine care.


Current Research in Spine Care

Understanding Non-response in Spine Fusion Surgery
Helping determine which patients will respond to spine fusion surgery and which will not benefit.

Topical Antibiotic Treatment for Spine Surgical Site Infections
Understanding surgeon practices and beliefs around in-wound antibiotics.

Spine Pain Improvement Calculator

The Spine Lumbar Fusion Outcomes Calculator can help facilitate discussion among physicians, patients, and their families about the likelihood of pain & function improvement 60 days to one year after lumbar fusion surgery.

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