Title

Current Use of Evidence-Based Medicine in Pediatric Spine Surgery

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-1-2018

Journal

Orthopedic Clinics of North America

Volume

49

Issue

2

DOI

10.1016/j.ocl.2017.11.007

Keywords

Early onset scoliosis; Evidence-based medicine; Pediatrics; Scoliosis; Spondylolysis

Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier Inc. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is a process of decision-making aimed at making the best clinical decisions as they relate to patients’ health. The current use of EBM in pediatric spine surgery is varied, based mainly on the availability of high-quality data. The use of EBM is limited in idiopathic scoliosis, whereas EBM has been used to investigate the treatment of pediatric spondylolysis. Studies on early onset scoliosis are of low quality, making EBM difficult in this condition. Future focus and commitment to study quality in pediatric spinal surgery will likely increase the role of EBM in these conditions.

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