Global Spine Care Initiative papers available online!

The European Spine Journal has published an exciting series of papers from the Global Spine Care Initiative (GSCI), a project of World Spine Care.

The European Spine Journal has published an exciting series of papers from the Global Spine Care Initiative (GSCI), a project of World Spine Care. The GSCI has been a four year initiative, involving the collaboration of an international  group of spine care experts and researchers that contributed to this project. This series of papers includes a new and more inclusive classification system for spinal disorders to ensure that anyone with a spine-related concern or disorder can be triaged and helped in a practical, person-centred way.

It is hoped that these papers will offer solutions to the challenges faced by people living in low-and middle-income communities and the providers and systems needed to deliver spine services in these settings.

CMCC and the UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDPR) were extremely well-represented in the GSCI. Two CMCC faculty members, Dr. Pierre Côté and Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles were leading authors and other faculty participated in the modified Delphi processes to build consensus and paper authorship. Most of the research for the systematic reviews was conducted in the UOIT-CMCC CDPR.

This paper series is available online and will appear as a supplemental issue of the European Spine Journal this fall.

Congratulations are extended to the GSCI authorship team and in particular to the principle investigator Dr. Scott Haldeman for his visionary leadership on this initiative. The GSCI was funded by the Skoll Foundation and NCMIC Foundation.  For more information, please visit the GSCI website at: http://www.globalspinecareinitiative.org