Research Tools

We are happy to help with any stage of a research project's development and offer assistance to any Spine Intervention Society member who is interested in research.


Evidence-Based Medicine

The Spine Intervention Societyโ€™s popular accreditation courses in evidence-based medicine (EBM) are now available on the SIS online learning platform. These courses will provide you with the foundation and tools necessary to plan your research project. 

Outcome Instruments


Medication Quantification Scale III Calculators

To calculate MQS III scores for individuals, select the โ€œIndividual MQS-IIIโ€ file. To calculate MQS III scores for up to 100 patients in a population, select the โ€œPopulation MQS-IIIโ€ file. The calculators will open up as a spreadsheet with multiple worksheets.

SIS thanks the developers of these calculators for sharing their work with the SIS membership:

Beau P. Sperry, BA; Aaron Conger, DO; Zachary L. McCormick, MD
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Utah School of Medicine

Evidence-Based Medicine Resources

  • The Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) was established in Oxford as the first of several UK centres with the aim of promoting evidence-based health care. The CEBM provides free support and resources to doctors, clinicians, teachers and others interested in learning more about EBM.
  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualityโ€™s (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program offers tools and resources relevant to comparative effectiveness research. The AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.
  • The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.
  • The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group began in the year 2000 as an informal collaboration of people with an interest in addressing the shortcomings of present grading systems in health care.

Research Education

  • The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative provides educational content that promotes the quality of and public trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, peer reviewed, web based, research education materials to enhance the integrity and professionalism of investigators and staff conducting research.


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