HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCHDoes Fusion Status Correlate with Patient Outcomes in Lumbar Spinal Fusion?Djurasovic, Mladen, MD*,†; Glassman, Steven D., MD*,†; Dimar, John R. II, MD*,†; Howard, Jennifer M., MPH, CCRP*,†; Bratcher, Kelly R., RN, CCRP*; Carreon, Leah Y., MD, MSc*Author Information *Norton Leatherman Spine Center †Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Leah Y. Carreon, MD, MSc, Norton Leatherman Spine Center, 210 East Gray St, Ste 900, Louisville, KY 40202; E-mail: email@example.com Acknowledgment date: July 15, 2009. Revision date: December 18, 2009. Acceptance date: December 24, 2009. The manuscript submitted does not contain information about medical device(s)/drug(s). Corporate/industry and institutional funds were received in support of this work. One or more of the author(s) has/have received or will receive benefits for personal or professional use from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript: for example, honoraria, gifts, consultancies, royalties, stocks, stock options, decision making position. Spine: March 1, 2011 - Volume 36 - Issue 5 - p 404-409 doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181fde2c4 Buy SDC Metrics Evaluation of validated patient reported clinical outcomes and radiographic fusion status based on 2-year fi ne-cut computed tomographic scans showed a greater proportion of patients achieved clinically relevant improvements in low back specifi c quality-of-life measure when they had achieved a solid fusion than the patients who did not have a solid fusion. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.