Prognostic studies play an important role in clinical research. A principal objective of such studies is being able to make a prognosis regarding the development of the disease based on factors that are known at the time of the prognosis. Prognostic research represents a significant part of the department as a whole.
In deciding on a treatment, choosing the right treatment and optimum time for treatment, and making a prognosis regarding the progression of the disease, the attending doctors take on a huge amount of responsibility. The best treatment outcome possible for each individual patient is at the forefront of every decision.
This decision-making process is very complex and depends on a number of factors. Part of this process involves the attending doctor and patient having to make important decisions together. The most precise prediction possible of the outcome of a medical intervention can make this decision-making process much easier.
Modern prognostic models
Using prognostic models based on statistical methods, it is possible to determine the effect on the treatment result from the patient-specific and disease-specific characteristics, symptoms and outcome measurements recorded. Possible risk factors can also be identified.
In this way, prognostic models for patients with lumbar disc herniation can be created from our own database. In the future, a web-based tool will be used to predict the results that an individual patient can expect; with realistic expectations, patient satisfaction with the operation can be increased.