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Supporting data quality

In 2014, the National Joint Registry (NJR) started a review of its current understanding of data quality in the registry and how to increase data completeness, timely submission and data accuracy further. This is to ensure that the information held in the NJR can be used effectively at all levels of analysis; nationally, regionally and at hospital and individual surgeon level for the benefit of patients, surgeons, hospitals and implant suppliers and research programmes.

This work is summarised in the NJR's refreshed Supporting data quality strategy - 2014/16 and covers all of the areas that affect the quality of data including exisiting activities and new initiatives that will be implemented over the coming year(s).

This web page will also be a hub for information on one of the national programmes of work that will be supporting quality hospital data collection, entry and accuracy through local audit.

Data completeness and quality audits

In the Summer months (2015), the registry will roll-out a national programme of local data completeness and accuracy audits, following the development of an audit toolkit during a six-hospital pilot phase.

The NJR will be working with a nominated clinical lead and audit lead at each hospital in order to facilitate and support the audit process that will help identify what data, if any, is missing from the registry over the 2014/15 time period and whether all the records have been submitted without error.

Introductory videos

Please see the links below to watch two short surgeon and hospital videos. These short clips, from the NJR's Medical Director Mr Martyn Porter, aim to introduce the data checking process as well as the activity and benefits associated with participating in the newly launched data completeness and quality audit programme. 

Note: You will need YouTube to view these videos however alternative viewing formats will be available shortly. Sign up to the NJR eBulletin.

Data completeness and quality toolkit

You can find out what's involved in the audit programme by reviewing the toolkit below. If you are the NJR Data Quality Lead (or audit coordinator) or NJR Clinical Lead for this programme of work, your NJR Regional Coordinator may have already sent this toolkit to you directly.

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