Objective: to assess, in the currently available continuous registries of cardiac surgicalprocedures, features regarding authorship, outcome variables, quality control, their consequences for the quality of care, and bibliometric impact. Methods: 1) A systematic review of the information published on the medical literature or reported in the Internet, and 2) A structured survey addressed to persons identifi ed as representative of the recovered registries. Results: twenty-eight registries fulfi lling the inclusion criteria were identifi ed. Using the survey and the review of web pages additional data were obtained of 9 more registries. Most registries were based on national or regional initiatives or from scientifi c societies and their principal aim was quality of care improvement. Their authors were predominantly cardiac surgeons. Most registries only recorded in-hospital events, and from most of them internal documents that were returned to participants for feedback were generated. Although in most registries some quality control measures were undertaken, these were not comprehensive. Several registries generated articles in high impact journals. Greater impact corresponded to those registries that were associated with intensive and widespread campaigns for quality improvement or with collateral Studies derived from the registry.
Records; Heart surgery; International level
Ribera-Solé A, Ferreira-González I, Marsal-Mora JR, Cascant-Castelló P, Mitjavila F, Permanyer-Miralda G. Registros de cirugía cardíaca: revisión internacional. Barcelona: Agència d’Informació,Avaluació i Qualitat en Salut; 2010.
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