There is currently a big push towards gathering evidence for osteopathy on the NHS. As the spine unit at the QMC is the only secondary care unit in the country to offer osteopathy, it is leading this research.
A meeting in Westminster was held recently to consider research into the future of integrated services and the management of chronic back pain in the NHS. In attendance were by 24 leading healthcare academics, MPs from the government’s health select committee, and members of the House of Lords with a special interest in healthcare and NHS policy. The research presentation was warmly received by the delegates, who expressed great interest in the study and supported the methods and objectives of the researchers.
Mr Bronek Boszczyk, Consultant Spinal Surgeon (Clinical Lead), believes that Spine Tango Conservative is a hugely significant development of both data collection and our understanding of how best to manage spinal conditions and pathologies. He is pleased that the osteopaths at the CSSS are the first team internationally to have submitted data to the Spine Tango database.
John Winton (Osteopath Spinal Associate Specialist) and James Booth (Osteopathic Spinal Fellow) from NUH’s Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery presented details of a data collection instrument. This will be used to gather information on patients and outcomes for those treated at the unit. Developed at the University of Berne in Switzerland, under the auspices of the Spine Society of Europe, Spine Tango has the recorded data of 30,000 surgical interventions by 29 spine centres, university and general hospitals and spine surgeons in and around Europe since 2002.
In time, the researchers will be able to extract data from the registry which will help in the understanding of which spinal conditions respond most favourably to osteopathic intervention. It will also help specialists dealing with back pain to identify when to refer patients for osteopathic assessment, and at what point in the treatment pathway this is likely to be most effective.