As well as our wider support to clinical audits, HQIP offers support to clinical databases and registers on behalf of the Department of Health.
Clinicians in those disciplines covered by such specialist databases know these databases have considerable value for commissioning, service planning and public health, as well as clinical care. Registers are often the lifeblood of clinical knowledge in these areas, alongside audit and research. They are often rated highly as part of the network of information sources by National Clinical Directors and the Department of Health. They are usually supported by specialist societies and royal colleges, although these registers have typically been set up by either an individual clinician or a group of committed specialists in their disciplines.
They detail care provided for their client groups, the incidence and outcome of specific conditions and procedures, and organisational responses and treatments provided for specific conditions. They often gather information on clinical outcomes of patients, and form sources for audit and research into the causes of variance in outcomes and other research projects. They do not usually measure performance against standards, nor do they necessarily drive improvements in an explicit way, yet some have strongly ‘audit like' features, or can be developed into clinical audits.
HQIP's support takes these forms:
HQIP welcomes discussions with anyone interested in any of the above. Please contact email@example.com
In 2011, HQIP mapped clinical databases and registers in the UK and the fifth edition (January 2014) can be found here: HQIP Directory of Clinical Databases and Registers.
In 2011 HQIP made available a small amount of funding to support the continuance or development of registers and clinical databases. We are pleased to announce that following the first round of proposals awards have been made to the following projects:
To find out more about these projects, please download HQIP's Directory of Clinical Databases and Registers for a description of each register or database along with full project contact details if you'd like to make specific enquiries.
The benefits from HQIP's support to registers is:
Internationally, support available for the development of registers and databases from the United States via the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's 'Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide, 2nd edition'; and in Australia from the Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare at: http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/internet/safety/publishing.nsf/Content/PriorityProgram-08_clinical3
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