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Patients expected better outcomes than surgeons after lumbar spine surgery, study says

Becker’s Spine Review reports on an HSS study published in Spine by general internist and clinical epidemiologist Carol A. Mancuso, MD, FACP and others, showing surgeons more accurately predicted patient-reported outcomes two years after lumbar spine surgery than patients.

Dr. Mancuso and colleagues had 402 patients and their surgeons predict patient-reported surgical outcomes on the HSS Lumbar Spine Surgery Expectations Survey before their procedure and two years post-procedure. The researchers used the results to evaluate how the surgery fulfilled patient expectations on a 1-100 scale, where 100 was the highest.

Patient-reported scores averaged 73, where surgeon-reported scores averaged 57. Researchers then investigated which group had more accurate presurgical expectations. The patients scored .79, which indicated a general level of satisfaction, but surgeons scored 1.01, which indicated a high level of accuracy in estimates. In 73 percent of cases, surgeons either predicted reported outcomes exactly or had patient-reported outcomes surpass their expectations.

Read the full article at Beckersspine.com.

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