To reduce the individual suffering and global societal burden for chronic low back pain (CLBP), it is crucial to improve treatment outcomes and to reduce the related costs. To improve the value of spine care, it is essential to know which outcomes are relevant to both patients and medical specialists and to know which patients will benefit from spine surgery, or from non-surgical treatments.


Recent prognostic research suggests that strict selection based on careful screening and diagnostics can lead to identification of distinct patient profiles. Targeting these profiles may ultimately lead to improved treatment outcomes, and may alter our current paradigm of stepped care for CLBP. In a simultaneous paradigm shift, it is expected that in the future the reimbursement will be related to outcomes of care.

The spine specialists of the Sint Maartenskliniek and Radboud university medical centre have organised an exciting meeting about how these paradigm shifts may alter the treatment of CLBP, using outcomes & decision-tooling and therefore, the future perspectives of spine care. A mixture of case presentations, (current concepts of) methodology of outcomes monitoring and decision tooling, and a live-surgery demonstration were all presented by an (inter) national respected faculty.

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Symposium venue
Sint Maartenskliniek
Hengstdal 3
6574 NA Ubbergen (near Nijmegen)

CME accreditation has been granted by the Dutch Orthopaedic Association (NOV), the Dutch Association for Neurosurgery (NVvN), the Dutch Association of Anesthesiology (NVA) and the RIZIV.