Outcome science in practice: An overview and initial experience at the Vanderbilt Spine Center

Matthew J. McGirt, Theodore Speroff, Saniya Siraj Godil, Joseph S. Cheng, Nathan R. Selden, Anthony L. Asher

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In terms of policy, research, quality improvement, and practice-based learning, there are essential principles- namely, quality, effectiveness, and value of care-needed to navigate changes in the current and future US health care environment. Patient-centered outcome measurement lies at the core of all 3 principles. Multiple measures of diseasespecific disability, generic health-related quality of life, and preference-based health state have been introduced to quantify disease impact and define effectiveness of care. This paper reviews the basic principles of patient outcome measurement and commonly used outcome instruments. The authors provide examples of how utilization of outcome measurement tools in everyday neurosurgical practice can facilitate practice-based learning, quality improvement, and real-world comparative effectiveness research, as well as promote the value of neurosurgical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE7
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Outcomes
  • Registry
  • Value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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