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The science of neurosurgical practice
Date:1/1/2013

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Health care reform, as exemplified in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to Rachel Groman and Koryn Rubin, "aims to change the US health care system from one that rewards quantity to one that rewards better value through the use of performance measurement." The authors discuss current barriers to this shift toward better care as well as initiatives created by both the federal government and physician societies in ensuring accountability and delivery of high-quality care to patients.

Drs. Peter Angevine and Paul McCormick discuss the science and methods used to measure clinical practice. They also speak of the benefits accrued from physicians' ease of access to the extensive outcomes research contained in clinical registries.

In 1987 the Gamma Knife first became available in North America, at the University of Pittsburgh, ushering in the practice of radiosurgery. Since that time Pitt has documented the techniques of this procedure and outcomes in patients who have undergone Gamma Knife surgery at that institution. Dr. Oren Berkowitz and colleagues review how the Pitt clinical registry evolved and how it has facilitated publication of numerous works on the Pitt experience, advancing knowledge of the techniques and outcomes of radiosurgery.

Dr. Matthew McGirt and colleagues describe an overview of their experience at the Vanderbilt Spine Center (Vanderbilt University Medical Center). Here outcomes data have been collected during routine spine care and recorded in a prospective fashion in a longitudinal registry. These data are used for learning and quality improvement; documentation of safety and effectiveness of care; and research into the comparative effectiveness of different procedures.

In March 2012, the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD), sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in cooperation with the Congress
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Contact: Jo Ann M Eliason
jaeliason@thejns.org
434-982-1209
Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group
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