The paper ‘The association between patient reported outcomes of spinal surgery and societal costs – a register based study’, co-authored by Quantify’s Amanda Hansson-Hedblom, Emma Söreskog and Fredrik Borgström has been published in Spine.

The paper is a register-based study combining Swedish register data including data from the quality register Swespine to analyse cost patterns over patient-reported outcomes of spine surgery. It was concluded that different self-reported surgery outcomes are associated with considerable direct- and indirect cost differences. Further, improved methods to identify patients with a higher probability responding to surgery could lead to better health as well as substantial societal cost savings.