Unlocking the Power of Surgical Databases
Large surgical databases have the potential to shed light on the most pressing questions in surgical care delivery – revolutionizing our understanding of how inequity, quality, effectiveness, and affordability impact patients. At the CSPH, we are working to elevate the science of surgical database research, mastering the analytic techniques necessary to harness their potential to impact policy and practice. We continue to expand the breadth and depth of databases available to our research faculty and fellows, expanding and diversifying our national and state-level coverage.
In a recent collaboration with JAMA Surgery and the Surgical Outcomes Club, the CSPH partnered to create a series of practical guides to utilizing 11 of the most used national surgical databases, including an introductory editorial outlining the proper method for approaching surgical database research. We recognize the need to elevate the science of surgical database research and to expand the circle of researchers publishing. Published in the April 4th Issue, the series includes a surgical database checklist for choosing and evaluating surgical databases, tips for analyzing large surgical data sets, as well as methodological guides to TRICARE, NTDB, NSQIP/Pediatric NSQIP, Medicare Claims, NCDB, MBSAQIP, SVS VQI, SEER, VASQIP, NIS, and STS.