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National Joint Registry data quality audit programme

Implementing large-scale data quality validation in a national arthroplasty registry to improve compliance

The National Joint Registry has just had a paper published that shows how a programme to assess and improve registry data quality (DQ) was implemented successfully at national level, while reducing the burden on hospitals.

In this paper, we report on the outcomes following the establishment of a formal data quality audit process for the registry, within which each patient episode entry is validated against the hospital unit’s Patient Administration System and vice-versa.

This process enables validation of every registry entry and retrospective correction of any errors in the dataset. In 2014/15 baseline average compliance was 92.6% and this increased year-on-year with repeated audit cycles to 96.0% in 2018/19, with 76.4% of units achieving > 95% compliance. Following the closure of the audit cycle, an overall compliance rate of 97.9% was achieved for the 2018/19 period.

An automated system was initiated in 2018 to reduce the administrative burden on hospitals and to integrate the DQ process into standard workflows. Implementation of a DQ process has had a substantial effect on maintaining the high quality of data in the NJR, with data now routinely above 95% complete at baseline, increasing to up to 97% nationally after completion of the audit. Furthermore, many units are routinely capturing 100% of cases within each cycle.

You can read the full article about the work here.

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