The Cataract National Dataset Electronic Multi-centre Audit of 55 567 Operations: variation in posterior capsule rupture rates between surgeons


Johnston, RL; Taylor, H; Smith, R; Sparrow, JM; (2010) The Cataract National Dataset Electronic Multi-centre Audit of 55 567 Operations: variation in posterior capsule rupture rates between surgeons. Eye (London, England), 24 (5). pp. 888-893. ISSN 0950-222X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/eye.2009.195

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Abstract

Aims To demonstrate variations in posterior capsule rupture (PCR) rate between surgeons of the same and different grades as a by-product of routine clinical care. Method NHS departments using electronic medical record (EMR) systems to collect the Cataract National Dataset (CND) were invited to submit data. Data were remotely extracted, anonymised, assessed for conformity and completeness, and analysed for rates of PCR for individual surgeons within each of the three grades. Results Data were extracted on 55 567 cataract operations performed at 12 NHS trusts by 406 surgeons between November 2001 and July 2006. Data on the grade of 404 of the 406 surgeons who contributed to the study were available for 55 515 cases (99.9%) and were used for this analysis. Variation in PCR rate between surgeons was highest for the most junior grade of surgeon and between those surgeons contributing relatively few cases to the data set. Variation in PCR was lowest among experienced surgeons contributing large numbers of cases to the data set. Conclusions Considerable variation in PCR rate exists both between and within surgical grades. Routine electronic collection of the CND allows detailed analysis of variations in PCR rates between individual surgeons. To define acceptable limits for this benchmark complication of cataract surgery, further work is needed to adjust surgeons' outcomes for the case mix complexity. Eye (2010) 24, 888-893; doi:10.1038/eye.2009.195; published online 14 August 2009

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cataract, audit, benchmark, electronic medical record, inter-surgeon, variation, posterior capsule rupture, phacoemulsification learning-curve, clinical-outcomes, process, features, complications, residents, benchmark, uk
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 19680280
Web of Science ID: 277592900021
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3618

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