Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) Register

Observational studies and electronic patient records

King’s Technology Evaluation Centre (KiTEC) was established in 2011. Members of King’s UMS contribute expertise in study design, registers, databases, systematic review, meta-analysis and statistical modelling to the work of the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP), part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

As part of this programme, King’s UMS lead a register project on Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). SDR is an irreversible surgical procedure which involves the division of sensory nerves on the base of the spine in children with Cerebral Palsy. SDR is one of several treatment options that may aid symptoms and improve quality of life. In 2013, SDR was selected by NHS England for evaluation under its Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE) approach. The study includes 140 patients who received SDR.

Data gathering and analysis will be completed by 2018. Information such as surgical outcomes, physiotherapy, strength, movement, GAIT, adverse events, and quality of life are being collected. The study will provide the evidence base for commissioning policy decisions by NHS England.