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Subspecialties Cataract, Health Economics and Policy, Education and Training

A NOD to Affirm Performance

At a Glance

  • Increasing adoption of electronic medical records throughout the NHS provides opportunities to improve outcomes via data analysis
  • The RCOphth NOD Audit is capitalizing on this information source to assess cataract patient outcomes per center and per surgeon throughout England and Wales
  • By virtue of the richness of these data, the Audit can also employ statistical models to identify high-risk patients, enabling them to be allocated to more experienced surgeons
  • Future developments include expansion of the Audit into other parts of the UK and into non-cataract ocular conditions.

We all like to know how well we’re doing – and we are increasingly obliged to ensure that we have that knowledge to hand. Indeed, performance assessment – as measured by patient outcomes – is now a key part of ongoing professional development for surgeons. But measuring performance criteria can be onerous; even a local audit in a representative group of patients is very time consuming, especially if it involves accessing and analyzing hard copies of medical records. Furthermore, medical time is expensive; it just doesn’t make economic sense for each surgeon to spend hours analyzing their own performance.

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About the Author

John Sparrow

Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Bristol Eye Hospital, an Honorary Professor at the University of Bristol, UK and the Clinical Lead for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists NOD Audit. Sparrow is the chief investigator for an NIHR funded cataract research program (RP-PG-0611-20013).

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