March 2016

Evidence Based Outcomes Task Force Update

Douglas C. Burton, MD
Evidence Based Outcomes Task Force Chair

The Evidence Based Outcomes Task Force has been busy this past year working on a Systematic Review (SR) of pediatric spondylolisthesis.  This project is a follow-up to the SR done by the previous committee on pediatric spondylolysis. Our Task Force membership has overlapped with that of a parallel NASS Task Force that has performed an SR on adult spondylolisthesis.

The process began with a review of 1600 abstract titles culled from the literature search.  This was narrowed to 1000 abstracts, each reviewed twice for possible inclusion in the study.  From this, we chose 182 articles for the SR.  We plan to divide this project into three publishable manuscripts covering Natural History, Diagnostic Methods, and Treatment.  We plan to submit our work to Spine Deformity this summer.

Chair: Douglas C. Burton, MD Committee: James O. Sanders, MD; Shay Bess, MD; Charles H. Crawford III, MD; Tenner J. Guillaume, MD; Han Jo Kim, MD; A. Noelle Larson, MD; Matthew E. Oetgen, MD; Marilyn Gates, MD; Charles Ledonio, MD