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Comparison of Two National Databases for General Thoracic Surgery

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Mark S. Allen, Shanda Blackmon, Francis C. Nichols, Stephen D. Cassivi, K. Robert Shen, Dennis A. Wigle

The authors evaluated a single year of thoracic surgery operations at their institution and compared outcomes based on data in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), which uses a sampling technique, to the STS General Thoracic Database, a comprehensive data collection system.  Globally, NSQIP underestimated postoperative complications.  When specific procedures were evaluated, the number of errors in NSQIP increased.  The authors concluded that a comprehensive database provide more accurate outcomes information.   

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