Episode 10

Published on:

23rd Mar 2020

Understanding the Science of Practice in Neurosurgery and Medicine

Dr. Tony Asher, who specializes in brain and spine surgery, talks about the science of practice in this episode of Back Talk Doc. He introduces this concept, that’s being done on a national level, in order to accomplish three goals: boosting healthcare, cost efficiency and patient satisfaction. These outcome science programs aim to collect quantitative data based on studies and experience, and analyze that information, leading to better care for patients.

He also shares how physicians can be involved in this initiative, without sacrificing the heart of medicine. There is a risk of devaluing the patient-physician relationship, especially if you only treat their case as part of a data set. This relationship should not be sacrificed for the sake of data.

Dr. Asher stresses the importance of medical practitioners staying up-to-date with the latest knowledge and drawing up from their own experiences to determine the best course of action for them.

Key moments in the episode

  • Evolution of clinical care in neurosurgery 05:48
  • Practical aspects of the neurosurgery practice 08:35
  • How healthcare groups are being measured in terms of performance, quality and outcomes 14:08
  • How the processes benefit patients 18:30
  • Efforts done on a national scale 21:23
  • How to reconcile the art and science of medicine 23:18
  • Clarifications 28:36
  • Additional resources for patients who want to be more involved in their care 30:42
  • Tips to improve your own personal health and wellness 33:14

Links mentioned in the episode 

Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website at carolinaneurosurgery.com.

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About the Podcast

Back Talk Doc
Answers to Common Questions About Back Pain
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every day. Chances are you, or someone you love is suffering or will suffer from back pain at some point. You do not have to suffer in silence. Help is here. Back Talk Doc is a podcast brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, where providing personalized, highly-skilled, and compassionate spine care to the Charlotte, NC area has been our specialty for over 75 years. And now, it’s time to understand the cause of back pain and learn about options to get you back on track! On Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia will help you find answers to some of the most common questions about back pain and spine health. As a Physiatrist at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Dr. Lakhia is an expert in finding non-surgical treatment options for back and spine problems. The podcast features interviews with neurosurgeons and spine specialists along with episodes where Dr. Lakhia covers an array of different issues such as back pain, neck pain, spine surgery, spine injections, and concussion testing. If you would like to know more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back issues, go to BackTalkDoc.com. To make an appointment, contact Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine at 1-800-344-6716 or visit CarolinaNeuroSurgery.com.