British Spine Registry

Improving patient's spinal care through knowledge

What is the British Spinal Registry (BSR)?

The British Spine Registry (BSR) is a web-based database for the collection of information about Spinal Surgery in the UK. 

It is run by BASS (British Association of Spinal Surgeons), which is the main professional body of Spinal Surgeons in the UK.

It helps your Spinal Surgeon and other medical practitioners understand more about spinal procedures and how to better improve patient care for you and future patients. 

The data is also used to influence decision making, to improve patient safety and ensure your surgeons and hospitals have feedback about their performance so they can continuously improve.

What do I have to do?

If you choose to consent, you'll be asked for your email address so you can be contacted. 

At intervals before and after your spinal procedure, you'll be emailed some simple questionnaires to complete.  These questionnaires are important for your surgeon to understand what effect your treatment may have had on your activity levels, your symptoms and your quality of life.

What information is collected?

Details of your spinal diagnosis, operation and complications will be recorded on the BSR by your Consultant.  

Some personal details including, but not limited to, your name, address and telephone number are gathered, but they will never be shared with any other third party or used for anything other than anonymised research and data analysis. Your personal details are kept confidential at all times. Very strict rules and secure procedures are in place to ensure that your information is kept safe.

If I consent to participate, what does that mean?

Your consent will allow the British Spine Registry (BSR) to examine details of your diagnosis, surgical procedure, any complications, your outcome after surgery and your questionnaires.  These are known as 'service evaluations' or 'audits'.  You will be consented separately for any other research studies where specific data may be collected using the Registry.

For more information please visit the main BSR website by clicking here.

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