In the Journals

This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in spine surgery. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.

In the Journals

More than 20% of adults uninsured, nearly 10 years after Affordable Care Act signed into law

July 8, 2019
About one in five adults treated at community health centers in 11 states that expanded Medicaid eligibility did not have health insurance during a…
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Americans have fewer healthy days, more disparity in health outcomes, CDC data show

June 28, 2019
Health equity witnessed a “clear lack of progress” during a recent 25-year period, researchers recently wrote in JAMA Network Open.
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‘Easy to follow’ advance directives more likely to be used

June 26, 2019
Both clinicians and patients more often utilized advance directives that were more “readable, understandable, appealing and usable,”…
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Selective fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis linked with spontaneous correction of uninstrumented curves

June 17, 2019
In properly selected patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, selective fusion of either a main thoracic or lumbar curve resulted in…
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Significant site, regional influence seen in prevalence of seeking medical care, lost time due to low back pain

June 11, 2019
According to recently published results, the prevalence of rates for seeking medical care and lost time due to low back pain for manual material…
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Impaired spine mobility common after 10 years of ankylosing spondylitis

June 11, 2019
Patients with ankylosing spondylitis commonly demonstrate impaired spinal mobility after 10 years of disease duration, at which time a weakened…
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Repeat concussion diagnosed in one in six youth within 2 years of index concussion

June 2, 2019
Results showed one in six youth sustained repeat concussion within 2 years of index concussion, with this risk increased among patients with several…
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Readmission rates for THA, TKA vs spinal procedures dropped after Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

May 31, 2019
After implementation of the Affordable Care Act, readmission rates for all surgical procedures decreased, according to recently published results. In…
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App-based back pain treatment linked with better outcomes vs physiotherapy plus online education

May 21, 2019
A multidisciplinary back pain app yielded better outcomes than a combination of physiotherapy and online education for patients with low back pain…
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Imaging for LBP, lower extremity pain seen as a driver of increased health care costs

May 10, 2019
According to a recently published study, the need for surgery is not common among patients who are newly diagnosed for low back pain and lower…