UW-Madison Hosts National Conference on Best Spinal Care Practices
Madison, Wisconsin - Low back pain is one of the most common reasons a patient seeks medical attention, but there is surprisingly little consensus about the best ways to categorize and treat it.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a national conference July 12-13 on the best practices for treating a painful lower back.
About 80 percent of adults will have a memorable incident of low back pain, and it is the number-one cause of disability compensation in America. Treating low back pain is challenging, and rates for procedures such as injections, spinal surgery and other interventions vary widely from community to community.
The national conference on Comparative Efficacy of Treatments for Lumbar Spine will be held July 11 and 12 at the Fluno Center on the UW-Madison campus.
"Our goal is to set up a process to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of all clinically relevant procedures done to treat low back disorders in the Medicare population," says Dr. Daniel Resnick, associate professor and vice chairman of neurosurgery in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
"This marks the first time groups representing patients, spine care providers, policy makers, Medicare, private insurance and health information technology experts have come together around this issue."
The conference includes a keynote speech by Jean Slutsky of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as participation by leaders in spinal care. One of its goals is to create a national registry of patients and a method for evaluating the outcomes of the care they receive for their lower back pain.
Date Published: 07/07/2010