Eurospine Foundation EF
Nowadays, the treatment of spinal disorders is one of the most controversial and challenging topics with its significant social, ethical, economic, and political impacts; the issues deriving from spinal disorder management, qualification of spine specialists and organization of best quality spine centers must be addressed. It is a fact that spinal pathologies are widespread and affect always more people thus the entire Civil Society; back pain is the second reason responsible for absenteeism from work after the common flux. While the constant drive for the development of always more sophisticated spine surgery technologies is skyrocketing, there is no obvious additional healthcare benefit; spine surgery revision rate remains high - about 10-15% at 10 years. On the other hand, there is no comprehensive spine education curriculum nor spine specialist certification or diploma in place; hence there is a lack of common ground between the multiple professions involved such as General Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Rehabilitation specialists, Rheumatologists, Physiologists, Psychologists, Orthopedic surgeons and Neurosurgeons should be addressed. Only a few guidelines on patient management across the different professions have been issued and are nonetheless controversial because there is no benchmarking. Therefore quality management processes are not sufficiently implemented at medical institution levels. Governments and healthcare payers suffer from insufficient evidence and visibility to address objectively the real cost-benefits ratio and the safety & efficacy of currently available treatments hence cannot promote the development of best quality spine centers. EuroSpine, the Spine Society of Europe (SSE) together with the European Spine Journal (ESJ) have founded the EuroSpine Foundation (ESF) as an operational platform to implement the programs initiated by the SSE.