June 2021

Patient Focus Task Force Update

Noelle Larson, MD
Patient Focus Task Force Chair

The SRS Patient Focus Task Force has taken inventory of the currently available social media content regarding scoliosis care. Task force members and patient partners have reviewed SRS content including the website, patient education materials, and patient stories. We have also evaluated other organizations and industry sponsors who have develop dedicated websites to provide information for patients regarding scoliosis treatment. The trend is to provide short, engaging videos focused on a patient’s perspective. Multiple social media platforms can be linked back to an informational website with high quality graphics. While adults may prefer Facebook or internet sites, younger patients may use Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and a variety of other sites that provide personalized images, videos, and discussion rather than generalized static concepts. Accounts need to be frequently updated with new, compelling, relevant materials. Our group is developing a comprehensive plan to make high quality, evidence-based information readily available to patients and families.


Chair: Noelle Larson Task Force: Robert Cho; Charles (Trey) Crawford; Joseph Davey, Patient Education; Ryan Fitzgerald; Michael Johnson; Michelle Marks; Rajiv Sethi; Lori Karol, Advisory; Marcus John, Advisory; Joe O'Brien, Advisory