Principles and Priorities
To support highly impactful clinical spine research that benefits both those in clinical practice and offers the opportunity to improve patient care, Collaborative Spine has developed a central set of guiding principles to ensure all research conducted meets the rigorous standards put in place by its board of directors.
- The Collaborative Spine board of directors always consists of four orthopaedic surgeons, four neurosurgeons and one physician representing another branch of medicine — which affirms the organization’s commitment to impartiality.
- The board and its committees (conflict of interest; grants; peer review) adhere to strict conflict of interest standards.
- Unconflicted peer-review committee members review all grant applications, recommending the most deserving applications to the grants committee for approval.
- Unconflicted grants committee members have the authority and responsibility to act on behalf of the board to approve grant funding.
A distinct set of priorities has been formulated by the Collaborative Spine board of directors, which correlates with the organization’s principles.
- Remain focused on developing a clinical research enterprise that addresses the important questions regarding the care of patients with spinal disorders and diseases.
- By actively reaching out and continuing to involve a wide range of stakeholders to help determine — and prioritize — the needs and knowledge gaps in clinical spine care, the Foundation can address those gaps and needs through the clinical research it supports. It also gives the organization the flexibility to adjust its research agenda to fit changing needs.
- Ensure the quality and validity of the research funded through the organization’s formalized grant-awarding process, which is predicated on peer review.