Wall Street Spinal Assessment Service Evaluation and Research

The Wall Street Spinal Assessment Service is a collaborative partnership between a group of orthopaedic surgeons and Bourassa and Associates Rehabilitation Service. The program was initiated in 2003 to address an excessive number of referrals to the orthopaedic surgeons of patients with low back-related conditions, the majority of whom did not require surgery. Physiotherapists with advanced orthopaedic training perform the assessments and provide client-centred recommendations, in consultation with the surgeons as required, to the primary care and/ or referring care providers (i.e. family physicians, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, physiotherapists).

Related Publications:
• Bath, B., Lovo Grona, S., Janzen, B., A spinal triage programme delivered by physiotherapists in collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons. Physiotherapy Canada. 2012. 64 (4): 356-66. Abstract and paper available here
• Bath, B., Pahwa, P. A physiotherapy triage assessment service for people with low back disorders: evaluation of short-term outcomes. Patient Related Outcome Measures. 2012 Jun; 3:9-19. Open access paper available here
• Bath, B., Janzen, B. Patient and referring health care provider satisfaction with a physiotherapy spinal triage assessment service. Journal of Multidisciplinary Health Care. 2011; 2012(5):1-15. Open access paper available here
• Saskatchewan’s Health Human Resource Plan, December 2011. “A Current Example of the Vision in Practice: The Wall Street Spinal Assessment Service (WSSAS), Saskatoon”. p. 14. Report available here

Projects in Progress:
• Evaluation of long term outcomes, diagnostic imaging use and surgical referrals


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