The NOTICE Study: Neurosurgery and OrThopedIcs Communication Evaluation Study Following Lumbar Fusions

2019-10-30 14:03:39 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this single-blind, randomized, controlled study is to assess the efficacy of "informative text messages" vs "traditional handouts" provided to lumbar spine surgery patients post-operatively.


A total of 448 adult patients (18 years or older) undergoing spinal fusion surgery at Duke University Hospital, will be recruited from the Duke Department of Neurosurgery and the Duke Department of Orthopedics. Participants will be consented and will complete standard of care outcomes questionnaires (Visual Analogue Scale, Oswestry Disability Index and Euro-Quol 5D) at the pre-operative clinic visit for baseline comparison. Participants will be randomized, through REDCap, with equal probability to either: A) the control group, with standard post-surgery handouts, or B) the experimental group, which will receive text messages for a period of 2 weeks after surgery (daily for the first week, and every other day for the second week). Text messages were designed to be standardized and automated, with an embedded link to a video regarding at-home, post-surgery-care instructions. Patients will be directed not to respond to the text messages, but to call for any questions or concerns. The primary outcome will be a reduction in 30-days post-surgery readmission rates. The secondary outcomes will be a reduction in 30-days post-surgery ED visits rates, back and leg pain scores, and anxiety levels. These outcomes will be assessed via a phone interview at 30-days (up to max of 37 days) post-discharge for both groups.

Study Design


Lumbar Spine Degeneration


Text Message Group


Duke Neurosurgery and Duke Orthopedics
North Carolina
United States


Not yet recruiting


Duke University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-30T14:03:39-0400

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