Implementation of the Primary Spine Care Model in a Multi-Clinician Primary Care Setting: An Observational Cohort Study.
SCU Health Researchers
Jim Whedon, Toler A, Bezdjian S, Goehl J, Russell R, Kazal L, Nagare M.
The objective of this investigation was to compare the value of primary spine care (PSC) with usual care for the management of patients with spine-related disorders (SRDs) within a primary care setting. Among patients with SRDs included in this study, implementation of the PSC model within a conventional primary care setting was associated with a trend toward reduced total expenditures for spine care compared with usual primary care. Implementation of PSC may lead to reduced costs and resource utilization but may be no more effective than usual care regarding clinical outcomes.