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The Spine Outcomes Research Center is dedicated to providing information about our research programs as well as links to other resources in the spine outcomes field that may be of interest to members of the media, legislators and their staffs, policy makers, educators and community organizations.

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Press Releases

Released: 03/31/2015
Study: Phone Counseling Reduces Pain, Disability after Back Surgery
Research by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests that having a short series of phone conversations with trained counselors can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery. [hear audio podcast]

Released: 10/01/2014
More Patient Input, Better Spine Outcomes
Not long ago, researchers measured spine surgery outcomes based on technical expertise, fusion rates, deformity correction and equipment failure. But that only told half the story, says health services researcher Richard Skolasky, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Spine Outcomes Research Center. “Patients,” he says, “are the experts in their own experience.”

Released: 04/01/2014
Survey Shows Spine Surgeons Need to Screen More Patients for Anxiety and Depression
In a report published in the April edition of the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain.

Released 10/17/2013
Vertebral augmentation for spinal fractures offers greater patient survival and overall cost savings
A study of 69,000 Medicare patient records led by Johns Hopkins researchers shows that people with spine compression fractures who undergo operations to strengthen back bones with cement survive longer and have shorter overall hospital stays than those who stick with bed rest, pain control and physical therapy.