UAB Department of Neurological Surgery

Quality Outcomes Database Information for Patients

The Quality Outcomes Database (QOD) is a national clinical registry. It tracks the quality of surgical care for the most common neurosurgical procedures. These procedures treat conditions that affect the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The QOD also provides your doctor and hospital with tools that analyze and report the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of their neurosurgical care.

The QOD is supported by:

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS)
  • AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine & Peripheral Nerves.

What does QOD mean for you?

Congratulations. You have chosen a doctor and hospital that clearly show their passion for getting the best possible patient outcomes. Because your doctor is committed to the highest quality medicine possible, he or she has chosen to take part in the Quality Outcomes Database.

You will be receiving several calls from dedicated staff to record detailed information about your treatment and outcomes. Your progress will be recorded several times during your course of treatment. The data will be kept in our database for analysis and comparison to national standards. The QOD is one of the most powerful tools available to doctors to help them decide how to best care for their patients. As part of QOD, your doctor gets information to guide decision-making to be sure that you get the most valid and evidence-based care available. QOD doctors are able to review the actual risks and outcomes of their procedures. You can be sure that your doctor has the most up-to-date and "real life" data available that applies to your situation.

The Spine Surgery QOD began in February of 2012 with the Lumbar Spine registry. The Lumbar Spine Registry is now in its fifth year and as of March 2017, there are over 25,000 patients enrolled across 80 centers nationwide. The Cervical Spine Registry began in March of 2013 and is in its fourth year with over 8,500 patients enrolled.

Please expect a call from QOD staff and please visit the websites for more information.