The Global Spine Care Initiative: methodology, contributors, and disclosures

Claire D. Johnson, Scott Haldeman, Margareta Nordin, Roger Chou, Pierre Côté, Eric L. Hurwitz, Bart N. Green, Deborah Kopansky-Giles, Kristi Randhawa, Christine Cedraschi, Arthur Ameis, Emre Acaroğlu, Ellen Aartun, Afua Adjei-Kwayisi, Selim Ayhan, Amer Aziz, Teresa Bas, Fiona Blyth, David Borenstein, O’Dane D. BradyPeter Brooks, Connie Camilleri, Juan M. Castellote, Michael B. Clay, Fereydoun Davatchi, Jean Dudler, Robert Dunn, Stefan Eberspaecher, Juan Emmerich, Jean Pierre Farcy, Norman Fisher-Jeffes, Christine Goertz, Michael Grevitt, Erin A. Griffith, Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni, Jan Hartvigsen, Maria Hondras, Edward J. Kane, Julie Laplante, Nadège Lemeunier, John Mayer, Silvano Mior, Tiro Mmopelwa, Michael Modic, Jean Moss, Rajani Mullerpatan, Elijah Muteti, Lillian Mwaniki, Madeleine Ngandeu-Singwe, Geoff Outerbridge, Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran, Heather Shearer, Matthew Smuck, Erkin Sönmez, Patricia Tavares, Anne Taylor-Vaisey, Carlos Torres, Paola Torres, Alexander van der Horst, Leslie Verville, Emiliano Vialle, Gomatam Vijay Kumar, Adriaan Vlok, William Watters, Chung Chek Wong, Jessica J. Wong, Hainan Yu, Selcen Yüksel

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this report is to describe the Global Spine Care Initiative (GSCI) contributors, disclosures, and methods for reporting transparency on the development of the recommendations. Methods: World Spine Care convened the GSCI to develop an evidence-based, practical, and sustainable healthcare model for spinal care. The initiative aims to improve the management, prevention, and public health for spine-related disorders worldwide; thus, global representation was essential. A series of meetings established the initiative’s mission and goals. Electronic surveys collected contributorship and demographic information, and experiences with spinal conditions to better understand perceptions and potential biases that were contributing to the model of care. Results: Sixty-eight clinicians and scientists participated in the deliberations and are authors of one or more of the GSCI articles. Of these experts, 57 reported providing spine care in 34 countries, (i.e., low-, middle-, and high-income countries, as well as underserved communities in high-income countries.) The majority reported personally experiencing or having a close family member with one or more spinal concerns including: spine-related trauma or injury, spinal problems that required emergency or surgical intervention, spinal pain referred from non-spine sources, spinal deformity, spinal pathology or disease, neurological problems, and/or mild, moderate, or severe back or neck pain. There were no substantial reported conflicts of interest. Conclusion: The GSCI participants have broad professional experience and wide international distribution with no discipline dominating the deliberations. The GSCI believes this set of papers has the potential to inform and improve spine care globally. Graphical abstract: These slides can be retrieved under Electronic Supplementary Material.[Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)786-795
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Spine Journal
Volume27
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

Keywords

  • Global burden of disease
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Quality of health care
  • Spinal disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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    Johnson, C. D., Haldeman, S., Nordin, M., Chou, R., Côté, P., Hurwitz, E. L., Green, B. N., Kopansky-Giles, D., Randhawa, K., Cedraschi, C., Ameis, A., Acaroğlu, E., Aartun, E., Adjei-Kwayisi, A., Ayhan, S., Aziz, A., Bas, T., Blyth, F., Borenstein, D., ... Yüksel, S. (2018). The Global Spine Care Initiative: methodology, contributors, and disclosures. European Spine Journal, 27, 786-795. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5723-9