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A Study on the Use of Educational Programs Prior to Lumbar Spinal Surgery

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2008 by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by:
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier:
First received: July 17, 2008
Last updated: February 5, 2009
Last verified: July 2008
This study evaluated the hypothesis that the implementation of an educational program that informs spine patients about their condition, treatment options, prioritization on the wait list, and post-operative care would improve functional outcome and quality of life scores following surgery

Condition Intervention
Decompression, Surgical
Other: Educational program

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Prospective Randomized Control Trial Assessing the Effect of Two Different Educational Programs on Functional Outcome and Quality of Life Scores for Patients Having Posterior Decompressive Lumbar Spinal Surgery for Degenerative Conditions of the Lumbar Spine

Further study details as provided by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Functional outcome scores [ Time Frame: 2 years following surgery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of life scores [ Time Frame: 2 years following surgery ]

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: April 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Educational program
Other: Educational program
Informing patients about their condition, treatment options, prioritization on the wait list, and post-operative care
No Intervention: 2
Standard care

Detailed Description:
Previous literature has shown that longer waits to lumbar spine surgery can have negative effects on the patients perceived function and quality of life both pre- and post-operatively. Patients report deterioration during this long wait, commonly over 6 months in Ontario. The proposed study intends to evaluate the impact of two different educational methods for patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery. This prospective randomized clinical trial will assign patients to two different educational groups: one of solely standard care, and the other of standard care with the addition of presentation of a 10 minute educational video informing spine patients about their condition, treatment options, prioritization on the wait list and post-operative care. Outcome measures will be assessed through four different questionnaires concerning specific conditions, pain, quality of life, etc., both pre-operatively and post-operatively. Providing patients with this accurate information may coincide with positive outcome measures. The more successful educational program, as found by this study, may then be provided to all spine patients. This educational program may bring about an increase in overall well-being of spine patients by having a positive impact on the quality of life both pre- and post-operatively.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Degenerative condition of the lumbar spine requiring decompressive surgery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • emergent spinal condition
  • acute bowel/bladder dysfunction
  • cervical spine condition
  • inability to participate in follow up and/or functional tests or questionnaires during study timeline (due to substance abuse, etc...)
  • revision surgery
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00719485

Contact: Albert Yee, MD 416-480-6815

Sponsors and Collaborators
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Principal Investigator: Albert Yee, MD Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  More Information

Responsible Party: Albert Yee, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier: NCT00719485     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Yee_1
Study First Received: July 17, 2008
Last Updated: February 5, 2009

Keywords provided by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:
lumbar decompression processed this record on April 28, 2017