The New National Registry for Gastrointestinal Surgery in Norway: NoRGast
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Original versionScandinavian Journal of Surgery. 2018, 107 (3), 201-207. 10.1177/1457496918766697
Background and aims: There is an increasing demand for high-quality data for the outcome of health care. Diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract involve large patient groups often presenting with serious or life-threatening conditions. Complications may affect treatment outcomes and lead to increased mortality or reduced quality of life. A continuous, risk-adjusted monitoring of major complications is important to improve the quality of health care to patients undergoing gastrointestinal resections. We present the development of the Norwegian Registry for Gastrointestinal Surgery, a national registry for colorectal, upper gastrointestinal, and hepato-pancreato-biliary resections in Norway. Materials and methods: A narrative and qualitative presentation of the development and current state of the registry. Results: We present the variables and the analysis tools and provide examples for the potential in quality improvement and research. Core characteristics include a strictly limited set of variables to reflect important risk factors, the procedure performed, and the clinical outcomes. Conclusion: A registry with the potential to present complete national cohort data is a powerful tool for quality improvement and research.