OPEN Research Support

Marianne Dyrby Lorenzen
Spine Surgery & Research, Spine Centre of Southern Denmark, Lillebaelt Hospital

Projekt styring
Projekt status    Open
Data indsamlingsdatoer
Start 01.08.2021  
Slut 31.07.2024  

Health care to support the course of early post-discharge recovery after elective degenerative spine surgery

Short summary

In this study, we want to investigate whether it is possible to optimize the course of patients' early-post-discharge recovery after elective degenerative spine surgery, and thereby enhance a positive outcome, so patients have improved prospects for returning to an active and social life. The overall study will be conducted as a Participatory Design process containing field studies, interviews, focus groups, workshops, and testing involving patients, patients' next of kin, and clinicians.


The length of hospital stay after spine surgery is often short, which means that recovery after surgery mainly takes place in the patient's home. The recovery process becomes challenging when patients experience symptoms such as pain, nausea and weakness. These symptoms can affect the patient's post-discharge recovery, which may adversely affect the outcomes of surgery and patient satisfaction. User involvement in research often reveal that there is a gap between patients' expectations, needs, and wishes and the service they are offered.

The aim of this project is to improve the course of early post-discharge recovery after elective degenerative spine surgery by identifying needs and wishes, design and develop a tailored technological solution that will support patients from the time from discharge until their first outpatient follow-up and thus improve empowerment and quality of life.

Description of the cohort

Participants are recruited from Spine Center of Southern Denmark, Middelfart. The study includes patients who have undergone elective degenerative spine surgery.

Data and biological material

The effect of the solution developed and designed throughout the study, will be tested using Patient Reported Outcome Measures: Quality of Recovery (QoR-15) VAS bag and leg pain EQ-5D-3L Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) Return to work Use of opiods for current back issue