Projects: NeuroPoint-Spinal Disorders
NeuroPoint-Spinal Disorders

Neurosurgery Patient Outcomes in Treating Spinal Disorders (NEUROPOINT-SD)

The NPA’s NeuroPoint-SD project conducts comparative effectiveness research for the surgical treatment of lumbar spinal disorders.

The specific aims of the NeuroPoint-SD were to:

  1. Establish a multi-center cooperative group that demonstrates 80% surgeon compliance in collecting 1-year outcomes data for the surgical treatment of lumbar spinal disorders
  2. Demonstrate the clinical effectiveness of two common lower back procedures: lumbar discectomy and lumbar spinal fusion.

NeuroPoint SD completed enrollment successfully on Sept 1, 2011 and enrolled 199 patients from 13 sites. Overall compliance was 94%. Neuropoint SD demonstrated durable effectiveness of lumbar discectomy and single level lumbar fusion for spondylolisthesis.

The NPA chose Outcome Sciences, Inc. to provide the highest level of database infrastructure for NeuroPoint-SD. NeuroPoint-SD was funded by a grant from the AANS/CNS Joint Section of Spine & Peripheral Nerves, and the Wallace Foundation.