Setting Scoliosis Straight and the Harms Study Group are extremely grateful to our industry partners for their ongoing support of our research. This section highlights our active multi-center research studies that are currently funded.
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Scoliosis Outcomes Database Registry
The purpose of this study is to analyze the outcomes of surgical treatment of idiopathic scoliosis of all curve patterns treated by either anterior or posterior procedures.
The patients enrolled in this multi-center prospective registry are between the ages of 10 and 21 years old and have the diagnosis of idiopathic scoliosis for which surgery has been recommended to prevent progression of their curvature. There are currently over 5,500 patients enrolled from 14 participating research sites.
The potential patient population the results of this study will help are patients with idiopathic scoliosis, during both adolescence and into adulthood.
The global impact of this study is profound as this is the largest prospective database for Idiopathic Scoliosis. Over 45 abstracts are presented and over 15 peer-reviewed publications are produced from this study on an annual basis.
The annual funding needed to carry out this research effort is >$1,000,000.
Prospective Database Registry Study of Scoliosis in Children with Cerebral Palsy
The purpose of this study is to analyze the outcomes of surgical treatment and non-operative treatment of idiopathic scoliosis of Scoliosis in Children with Cerebral Palsy. The patients enrolled in this multi-center prospective registry are between the ages of 8 and 21 years old and have the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy with total body involvement and of any functional level. Their coronal curve must be >50 degrees or their kyphotic curve must be > 70 degrees. A cohort of spinal fusion patients and a cohort of non-operative patients are being followed.
There are currently over 500 operative patients and over 150 non-operative patients enrolled from 12 participating research sites. The potential patient population the results of this study will help are patients with Cerebral Palsy and Scoliosis as well as Scoliosis patients with other neuromuscular diseases.
The global impact of this study is significant as it is producing answers to important clinical questions in this medically fragile patient population.
The annual funding needed to carry out this research effort is >$350,000.
Return to Function following Fusion of the Spine in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
The aim of this pilot study is to assess the timing of return to baseline function in patients in the early post-operative period following spinal deformity correction and fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).
The patients enrolled in this multi-center prospective pilot study are patients with the diagnosis of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis who and are undergoing surgical correction of their spinal deformity with a posterior spinal fusion. Patients enrolled in this study are co-enrolled in the Scoliosis Outcomes
The potential patient population the results of this study will help are patients with idiopathic scoliosis. The information gained will assist surgeons and clinicians caring for these patients.
The global impact of this study is that in identifying factors that delay a return to baseline function, we may also help patients better prepare for their surgeries.
The annual funding needed to carry out this research effort is >$40,000.
The Long-Term Follow Up of Operative Outcomes in Patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis
Currently, there is limited funding for the data collection efforts associated with the longer term follow-up visits (10, 15 and 20 years) of post-operative patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. The aim of this research effort is to determine the long term surgical outcomes of patients with AIS. Longer term (>10 years) follow-up data is sparse in surgically treated patients with AIS. To our knowledge, there are no published series that prospectively compare changes in curve correction, Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) scores and major complications in AIS patients from the early and midterm (5 year post-op) follow-up to the longer term (10 years or greater post-op) follow-up. Understanding which patients are at risk of a less than ideal outcome is the critical knowledge waiting to be understood from this valuable long term follow-up data, along with so many other important clinical questions that can be answered.
The annual funding needed to carry out this research effort is $100,000.
We still have many more research studies that need your help!
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