Research Resources

Links to resources that may be helpful for spine research. Resources are for information only; NASS does not endorse any information provided.

Helpful Links

AHRQ Effective Healthcare Program Research Summaries Reviews & Reports and EPC Evidence-Based Reports

The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States

This resource is a joint project of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Rheumatology, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Arthritis Foundation, National University of Health Sciences, Orthopaedic Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, and United States Bone and Joint Initiative.

A service of the US National Institutes of Health, is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

Compendium of Outcome Instruments for Assessment & Research of Spinal Disorders, 2nd Ed.

Current and Future Guideline, Appropriate Use Criteria and Coverage Criteria Project Listing

This document lists spine related clinical guidelines, AUCs and Coverage Criteria projects of societies who participate in the Spine Summit. The listed projects are completed, in progress or slated for future work. The purpose of this spreadsheet is to keep societies informed, prevent duplicative efforts and encourage coordination/collaboration on projects where possible.

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

Largest collection of nationwide and state-specific longitudinal hospital care data in the United States enables research on a range of health policy issues.

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)

Longitudinal, nationally representative survey provides timely, comprehensive information on the health status of Americans, health insurance coverage, and access, use, and cost of health services.

National Institute of Health-Stem Cell Basics

Orthopaedic Research Assistance Center for Learning and Education (ORACLE)

ORACLE provides American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ members with statistical data on musculoskeletal conditions and treatments; medical literature searches; amd general reference assistance.

Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide: 2nd Edition

Scoliosis Research Society Outcomes Instruments


Spine Deformity

The Official Journal of the Scoliosis Research Society.

The Spine Journal