CERTAIN is helping researchers be certain of the data they use in their research 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 surgical interventions. 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.