The Surgical Outcomes Research Center is dedicated to providing information about our research programs as well as links to other resources in the spine outcomes field that may be of interest to members of the media, legislators and their staffs, policy makers, educators, and community organizations.

Media Requests

You may contact our Office of Media Relations and Public Affairs, or send an e-mail to Jianyi Nie.

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Press Releases

North American Spine Society honors 30 diverse members for 30th Anniversary

May/June 2015

Richard Skolasky was honored as one of 30 members selected from a diverse pool of clinicians and researchers by NASS as the society celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

Study: Phone Counseling Reduces Pain, Disability after Back Surgery

March 31, 2015

Research by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests that having a short series of phone conversations with trained counselors can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery. [hear audio podcast and podcast]

More Patient Input, Better Spine Outcomes

October 1, 2014

Not long ago, researchers measured spine surgery outcomes based on technical expertise, fusion rates, deformity correction and equipment failure. But that only told half the story, says health services researcher Richard Skolasky, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Spine Outcomes Research Center. “Patients,” he says, “are the experts in their own experience.”

Survey Shows Spine Surgeons Need to Screen More Patients for Anxiety and Depression 

April 1, 2014

In a report published in the April edition of the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain.

Vertebral augmentation for spinal fractures offers greater patient survival and overall cost savings

October 17, 2013

A study of 69,000 Medicare patient records led by Johns Hopkins researchers shows that people with spine compression fractures who undergo operations to strengthen back bones with cement survive longer and have shorter overall hospital stays than those who stick with bed rest, pain control and physical therapy.

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