Research surveys

Explore regional and international research surveys from the AO Spine community, for the community

Engaging our members and understanding their perspectives can bring about invaluable results to various topics and research questions. We invite our members to share their opinions and perspectives by participating in our online surveys.

Explore our open surveys below. Explore the outcomes and findings from our closed surveys.

For more information about how to distribute your survey to the AO Spine International community, please contact research@aospine.org.

Open surveys 

(Currently no open survey)

Closed surveys (2019 to present)

  • Intra- and Postoperative Management of Adult Spine Deformity or Degeneration Patients

    Purpose: To better understand the global variability in the intra- and postoperative management of patients undergoing spinal fusions.

    Release date: March 2022

    Target community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Stephen Lewis

    Co-Principal Coordinating Investigators: So Kato, Lawrence Lenke, Christopher Shaffrey, Tim Yoon, and Ho-Joong Kim

    Outcomes: -


  • Frailty in the Metastatic Spine Tumor Population

    Purpose: AO Spine KF Tumor project analyzes the perceptions, opinions, and practices of spine surgeons about frailty regarding spine metastatic disease and identify what spine surgeons consider to be relevant preoperative factors and postoperative outcomes.

    Release date: February 2021

    Target community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Michael Weber

    Co-Principal Coordinating Investigators: Miltiadis Georgiopoulos, Raphaële Charest-Morin, Rory Goodwin

    Outcomes: -


  • Feasibility and utility of intraoperative ultrasound in spinal cord injury patients

    Purpose: The AO Spine Knowledge Forum Spinal Cord Injury (KF SCI) seeks spine surgeons' input to understand the feasibility and utility of intraoperative ultrasound in managing SCI patients through a short survey.

    Release date: December 2021

    Target community: International

    PI: James Guest

    Co-PIs: Christoph Hofstetter, Chris Neal

  • Management of patients with asymptomatic cervical spinal cord compression and mild degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM)

    Purpose: AO Spine Knowledge Forum Spinal Cord Injury seeks spine surgeons' input to understand the current practice, including workup and follow up, for two key knowledge gaps in the care for DCM. 

    Release date: December 2021

    Target Community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: James Harrop

  • Neck Pain Among Spine Surgeons

    Purpose: To  estimate the prevalence of neck pain in spine surgeons by using different measures. As a secondary aim, the study will determine medical and professional consequences of neck pain and the associated factors as well as significant predictors of neck pain.

    Release date: May 2021

    Target community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Sameh Abolfotouh

    Outcomes: -

  • EMG/NCS of the Cervical Spine

    Purpose: We are trying to understand how much or how little spine surgeons know about electromyogram and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS). This is a test of our community's knowledge.

    For answers and explanations to the test questions, click here.

    Release date: April 2021

    Target community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Daniel Riew

    Outcomes:

  • COVID-19 and the Spine Surgeon: 1 year later

    Purpose: In March 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic, an initial AO Spine COVID-19 survey was circulated to assess the impact of the virus on spine surgeons worldwide. One year later, we are interested in gaining more insight as to the longer-term follow-up of our community, addressing prediction models, as well as assessing unmet needs and expectations.

    Release date: March 2021

    Target community: International

    Principal  Coordinating Investigator: Dino Samartzis

    Co-Principal Coordinating Investigators: Philip Louie and the AO Spine Regional Research Officers

    Outcomes: -

  • AO Spine study—Variations in the Treatment of Metastatic Spine Tumors

    Purpose: To ascertain the degree of variability in management strategies of patients with spine metastasis across AO Spine members and determine what practice and training attributes best predict the management strategies employed by members

    Release date: February 2021

    Target community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Daniel Sciubba

    Co-Principal Coordinating Investigators: Larry Lo and Zach Pennington

    Outcomes:

  • AO Spine Knowledge Forum SCI project—Current management preference of cervical SCI

    Purpose: To understand the current management preference of cervical SCI and obtain AO Spine members' input on a new classification system proposal for mild cervical SCI without instability

    Release date: October 2020

    Target community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Jefferson R. Wilson, KF SCI member

    Outcomes: -

  • Frailty. Latin America Perspectives

    Purpose: To evaluate the demographic characteristics of spine surgeons and specific questions regarding the use of frailty indexes prior to elective spine surgeries

    Release date: October 2020

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Alfredo Guiroy

    Outcomes: -

  • Regional Research Needs Assessment

    Purpose
    This survey seeks:
    1) To assess the research capabilities and needs of the AO Spine community
    2) To engage with AO Spine members and develop the strategic plan for how AO Spine can best support and develop research in the regions

    Release date: September 2020

    Target community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Dino Samartzis

    Outcomes: 

  • Clinical Practice Guidelines of the Management of Spine Disorders

    Purpose: To discuss the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of spinal disorders

    Release date: August 2020

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Asdrubal Falavigna

    Outcomes: -

  • Spinal injection survey among spine surgeons in Latin America

    Purpose: Define the indications and techniques of spinal injection for treatment of lumbar degenerative spinal stenos more frequently used by spine surgeons in Latino America

    Release date: June 2020

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Marcelo Molina

    Outcomes: -

  • Telemedicine & the Spine Surgeon—Spine Surgeon Perspectives and Practices Worldwide

    Purpose
    This survey seeks to determine:
    1) The extent of spine surgeon adoption of telemedicine
    2) Surgeon satisfaction with telemedicine
    3) Comparison of telemedicine to in-person visits
    4) The use of telemedicine in training and research
    5) Variations in perspectives and practices worldwide

    Release date: May 2020

    Target audience: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Sravisht Iyer

    Outcomes: 

  • Diagnosis and treatment of subaxial facet cervical fracture: variability according to AO Spine classification system

    Purpose: To assess the variability in the diagnosis of subaxial cervical facet injury, according to the AO Spine classification system, by spine surgeons in Latin America

    Release date: May 2020

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Juan Pablo Cabrera

    Outcomes: -

  • COVID-19 & Spine Surgeon Global Impact Survey
  • Management of a unilateral cervical facet joint dislocation in Latin America

    Purpose: To analyze the variability in management and therapeutic alternatives in unilateral cervical facet joint dislocation without fracture in Latin America

    Release date: March 2020

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Andrei Joaquim

    Outcomes:

  • Access to technology for the development of MISS techniques in Latin America

    Purpose: To evaluate access to the technologies necessary to perform those surgeries in Latin America.

    Release date: February 2020

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Alfredo Guiroy

    Outcomes:

  • Perceived impact of gender on spine surgery practice and training: a web-based survey

    Purpose: To identify gender-based differences within spine surgery, trying to identify factors that may influence male and female careers.

    Release date: September 2019

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Asdrubal Falavigna

    Outcomes: -

  • Use, Accessibility and Limitations of Intraoperative Neurophysiology in Latin America

    Purpose: To describe the use, accessibility, and limitations of the intraoperative neuromonitoring in Latin America. See which countries have more difficulties on access and which pathologies surgeons believe neuromonitoring is more important in.

    Release date: August 2019

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Alfredo Guiroy

    Outcomes:

  • International Survey of Anti-Coagulation Practices in Spine Surgery 1.0

    Purpose: The objective of this survey is to assess the practices and variations towards anti-coagulation procedures of the international spine surgery community to establish future consensus and guidelines
    Read more

    Release date: May 2019

    Target community: International

    Principal Coordinating Investigator: Dino Samartzis

    Outcomes

  • Surgery for acute traumatic spinal cord injury

    Purpose: To evaluate the opinion and practices among spine surgeons on timing of decompression in patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury.

    Release date: March 2019

    Target community: Latin America

    Principal investigator: Asdrubal Falavigna and Alisson Telles

    Outcomes: -

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