Who should have Surgery for an Intervertebral Disc Herniation? Comparative Effectiveness Evidence from SPORT.

Nov 16, 2011 by

Pearson A, Lurie J, Tosteson T, Zhao W, Abdu W, Mirza S, Weinstein J.

Spine. 2011 Jun 15. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 21681140

This post hoc comparative effectiveness analysis of the SPORT trial examined factors that predict greater treatment effects of surgery vs. conservative care.  They found that surgery had greater treatment effects in patients who were married, lacked joint problems, or had worsening symptoms.  This analysis provides important insights for patient counseling.

web:  http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=9000&issue=00000&article=98700&type=abstract

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