Back pain is one of the most common causes of work loss due to disability, posing an economic burden on society. Also, the rate of surgical intervention for spine disease has risen exponentially in the last few decades, leading to a cost burden of more than $2 billion per year. Understanding what are the patient features that are highly predictive for patient-reported outcomes, is essential to help to provide the best cares for patients and more cost-effective interventions. This project aims at identifying clinical features and patient-reported outcomes among patients, such as the Oswestry Disability Index, undergoing spine surgeries. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Brenton Pennicooke.
Ongoing project - working manuscripts.