The Global Spine Care Initiative: model of care and implementation

Johnson C. D. , Haldeman S., Chou R., Nordin M., Green B. N. , Cote P., ...More

EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL, vol.27, pp.925-945, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00586-018-5720-z
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.925-945


Purpose Spine-related disorders are a leading cause of global disability and are a burden on society and to public health. Currently, there is no comprehensive, evidence-based model of care for spine-related disorders, which includes back and neck pain, deformity, spine injury, neurological conditions, spinal diseases, and pathology, that could be applied in global health care settings. The purposes of this paper are to propose: (1) principles to transform the delivery of spine care; (2) an evidence-based model that could be applied globally; and (3) implementation suggestions.