The purpose of this study is to follow on our previous work regarding the cost-effectiveness of surgery for
degenerative pathology and deformity, and to identify predictor variables for the outcomes of clinical improvement, readmission, revision surgery, cost-effectiveness, and appropriateness of surgery. A predictive model will be based upon patient specific and diagnosis specific variables. This model and other established models (SPORT calculator, Spine Sage, NSQIP Calculator) will then be compared. In parallel, we will apply a multidisciplinary conference prediction of complications to determine the accuracy of computerized predictive models with the wisdom of a crowd of clinicians.
The specific outcomes for the predictive model include expected complications, readmission, reoperation, and appropriateness of surgery based upon observed outcomes and complications.
Principal Investigator: Sigurd Berven, MD
Trainee: Paramjit Singh, MD