The future of practice science: Challenges and opportunities for neurosurgery

Nathan Selden, Zoher Ghogawala, Robert E. Harbaugh, Zachary N. Litvack, Matthew J. McGirt, Anthony L. Asher

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Abstract

Outcomes-directed approaches to quality improvement have been adopted by diverse industries and are increasingly the focus of government-mandated reforms to health care education and delivery. The authors identify and review current reform initiatives originating from agencies regulating and funding graduate medical education and health care delivery. These reforms use outcomes-based methodologies and incorporate principles of lifelong learning and patient centeredness. Important new initiatives include the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestones; the pending adoption by the American Board of Neurological Surgery of new requirements for Maintenance of Certification that are in part outcomes based; initiation by health care systems and consortia of public reporting of patient outcomes data; institution by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of requirements for comparative effectiveness research and the physician quality reporting system; and linking of health care reimbursement in part to patient outcomes data and quality measures. Opportunities exist to coordinate and unify patient outcomes measurement throughout neurosurgical training and practice, enabling effective patient-centered improvements in care delivery as well as efficient compliance with regulatory mandates. Coordination will likely require the development of a new science of practice based in the daily clinical environment and utilizing clinical data registries. A generation of outcomes science and quality experts within neurosurgery should be trained to facilitate attainment of these goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE8
JournalNeurosurgical Focus
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

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Neurosurgery
Delivery of Health Care
Graduate Medical Education
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Accreditation
Medicaid
Certification
Medicare
Quality Improvement
Health Education
Registries
Industry
Maintenance
Learning
Physicians

Keywords

  • Education
  • Outcomes
  • Practice science
  • Quality
  • Registry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Selden, N., Ghogawala, Z., Harbaugh, R. E., Litvack, Z. N., McGirt, M. J., & Asher, A. L. (2013). The future of practice science: Challenges and opportunities for neurosurgery. Neurosurgical Focus, 34(1), [E8]. https://doi.org/10.3171/2012.11.FOCUS12309

The future of practice science : Challenges and opportunities for neurosurgery. / Selden, Nathan; Ghogawala, Zoher; Harbaugh, Robert E.; Litvack, Zachary N.; McGirt, Matthew J.; Asher, Anthony L.

In: Neurosurgical Focus, Vol. 34, No. 1, E8, 01.2013.

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Selden, N, Ghogawala, Z, Harbaugh, RE, Litvack, ZN, McGirt, MJ & Asher, AL 2013, 'The future of practice science: Challenges and opportunities for neurosurgery', Neurosurgical Focus, vol. 34, no. 1, E8. https://doi.org/10.3171/2012.11.FOCUS12309
Selden, Nathan ; Ghogawala, Zoher ; Harbaugh, Robert E. ; Litvack, Zachary N. ; McGirt, Matthew J. ; Asher, Anthony L. / The future of practice science : Challenges and opportunities for neurosurgery. In: Neurosurgical Focus. 2013 ; Vol. 34, No. 1.
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