for people ages 11-18 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Mohammad Diab, MDAlex Gornitzky, MD
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Mohammad Diab



This is a prospective, randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of expanded patient education and coping skills on pain management following multilevel pediatric spinal surgery. The intervention will include a smartphone- based platform and a comprehensive library of peri-operative educational and coping skills videos as a means for better addressing the psychosocial elements of a child's individual pain experience. The study evaluated whether this novel intervention will reduce pain, improve outcomes and accelerate functional recovery up to 6 weeks after surgery.

Official Title

Coping After Pediatric Scoliosis Surgery: How Does it Affect Pain and Function?


Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Pain Function Pediatric Scoliosis Scoliosis Surgery Spinal Fusion Idiopathic Scoliosis Coping Coping Skills Education Video Intervention Randomized Prospective Satisfaction Adolescent Opioid


You can join if…

Open to people ages 11-18

  • All children ages 11 to 18 years old treated with primary multilevel spinal surgery of any approach

You CAN'T join if...

  • Non-English speaking
  • Non-idiopathic scoliosis, such as neuromuscular, congenital or syndromic.
  • Other comorbidity, including developmental delay.
  • Any surgical complication that results in significant divergence from our institution's standard scoliosis pathway.
  • Unplanned admission within 6 weeks of index operation.
  • Active treatment psychotherapy and/or cognitive behavioral therapy for any reason


  • University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco California 94158 United States

Lead Scientists at UCSF

  • Mohammad Diab, MD
    Dr. Mohammad Diab is a Professor and Vice Chair (Pædiatric) in the Department of Orthopædic Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF. He also holds the Endowed Professorship in Pædiatric Orthopædic Medical Education.
  • Alex Gornitzky, MD
    Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery. Authored (or co-authored) 22 research publications.


accepting new patients by invitation only
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