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Who should have surgery for spinal stenosis? Treatment effect predictors in SPORT.
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PMID:  23018805     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY DESIGN: Combined prospective randomized controlled trial and observational cohort study of spinal stenosis (SpS) with an as-treated analysis.
OBJECTIVE: To determine modifiers of the treatment effect (TE) of surgery (the difference between surgical and nonoperative outcomes) for SpS using subgroup analysis.
SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial demonstrated a positive surgical TE for SpS at the group level. However, individual characteristics may affect TE. No previous studies have evaluated TE modifiers in SpS.
METHODS: SpS patients were treated with either surgery (n = 419) or nonoperative care (n = 235) and were analyzed according to treatment received. Fifty-three baseline variables were used to define subgroups for calculating the time-weighted average TE for the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) over 4 years (TE = ΔODIsurgery - ΔODInonoperative). Variables with significant subgroup × treatment interactions (P < 0.05) were simultaneously entered into a multivariate model to select independent TE predictors.
RESULTS: Other than smokers, all analyzed subgroups including at least 50 patients improved significantly more with surgery than with nonoperative treatment (P < 0.05). Multivariate analysis demonstrated: baseline ODI ≤ 56 (TE -15.0 vs. -4.4, ODI > 56, P < 0.001), not smoking (TE -11.7 vs. -1.6 smokers, P < 0.001), neuroforaminal stenosis (TE -14.2 vs. -8.7 no neuroforaminal stenosis, P = 0.002), predominant leg pain (TE -11.5 vs. -7.3 predominant back pain, P = 0.035), not lifting at work (TE -12.5 vs. -0.5 lifting at work, P = 0.017), and the presence of a neurological deficit (TE -13.3 vs. -7.2 no neurological deficit, P < 0.001) were associated with greater TE.
CONCLUSION: With the exception of smokers, patients who met strict inclusion criteria improved more with surgery than with nonoperative treatment, regardless of other specific characteristics. However, TE varied significantly across certain subgroups, and these data can be used to individualize shared decision making discussions about likely outcomes. Smoking cessation should be considered before surgery for SpS.
Adam Pearson; Jon Lurie; Tor Tosteson; Wenyan Zhao; William Abdu; James N Weinstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spine     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1528-1159     ISO Abbreviation:  Spine     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-28     Completed Date:  2013-03-04     Revised Date:  2013-10-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610646     Medline TA:  Spine (Phila Pa 1976)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1791-802     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedics, Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Hanover, NH, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cohort Studies
Disability Evaluation*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Outcome Assessment (Health Care) / methods*
Spinal Stenosis / surgery*
Spine / pathology,  radiography,  surgery*
Time Factors
Grant Support

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