Quality Service and Improvement Initiative

Surgical Outcome Survey (S.O.S), is a web-based or internet program designed to assess the short-term and long-term outcomes following the management of lumber spinal conditions and cervical spinal conditions from the perspective of both the patient and the surgeon.

S.O.S is a quality and service improvement initiative designed by local surgeons using internationally validated surveys designed to assess degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine.

Survey based assessment incorporates both patient and surgeon’s perceptions of the outcomes, as well as surgical and clinical data. The assessments are repeated measures at baseline (pre-operatively), 6 weeks, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years post surgical intervention

S.O.S will enhance the ability of an individual practice to assess results from surgery through the use of standardised data collection.

What are the features of S.O.S?

  • Is an automated service
  • Is paperless
  • Does not require manual data entry
  • Provides de-identified data export for analysis

What are the benefits of S.O.S?

  • Reduces manual labour, so it is both time and cost efficient
  • Does not require printing and posting of forms, saving time and money
  • Decreases data entry error and possible bias
  • Eliminates the need to store paper forms, lessening amount of storage space required
  • Data security as all information is encrypted to ensure communication privacy
  • Allows surgeons to monitor results in the most efficient and cheapest way possible
  • Allows data collection for national collaborative initiatives
    • Can be modified for specific research projects

The S.O.S initiative will contribute to the development of a standardised national neurosurgical database to improve the outcomes following surgery.

S.O.S enables the export of information for numerous purposes including assessment of patient response to surgery, clinical audit/quality assurance activities, as well as providing the capacity for conduct of studies that compare surgical procedures.