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The Swedish vascular registry Swedvasc 1987-2018: 31years of quality improvement and research
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery. Karlstad Hosp, Dept Surg, S-68580 Karlstad, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6561-9734
2019 (English)In: Gefässchirurgie, ISSN 0948-7034, E-ISSN 1434-3932, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 21-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish vascular registry, Swedvasc, was created in 1987 as aregional registry and achieved national coverage in 1994. This article describes how the registry developed during those 31years. The aims of the registry were to enhance quality improvement and research within the field of vascular surgery. The registry was validated on several occasions and in 2015 an independent international validation took place, showing both excellent external (no missing cases) and internal validity (comparing the variables in the registry with case records). The Swedvasc was instrumental in the creation of Vascunet in 1997, the international collaboration of vascular registries in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Enabling international comparisons of indications, techniques and outcomes has proven to be agreat force in quality improvement. This collaboration is now turning global, including the North American registry the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS-VQI) and hopefully soon also including the Japanese registry. The Swedvasc is used as an integral part of routine healthcare and over 10,000 procedures are registered annually. This provides clinicians, clinics, health authorities and researchers with real-world data from an unselected nationwide population. Registry data have been used to describe patterns of treatment and outcomes over time and for monitoring quality of care locally, nationally and internationally and for quality improvement projects. The clinical data available in Swedvasc provide an important source not only for assessment and development of healthcare but also for research and over 100 original articles based on Swedvasc data have been published. Arandomization module has been included in the registry since 2014 and opens up anew clinical trial paradigm; registry-based randomized clinical trials.

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SPRINGER HEIDELBERG , 2019. Vol. 24, no 1, p. 21-26
Keywords [en]
Vascular surgical procedures, Quality improvment, trends, Clinical research, Medical audits, Database
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-377666DOI: 10.1007/s00772-018-0473-xISI: 000457983300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-377666DiVA, id: diva2:1291362
Available from: 2019-02-25 Created: 2019-02-25 Last updated: 2019-02-25Bibliographically approved

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