Title: European COPD Audit: design, organisation of work and methodology
Authors: López-Campos, Jose Luis ×
Hartl, Sylvia
Pozo-Rodriguez, Francisco
Roberts, C Michael
European COPD Audit team #
Contributors: Janssens, Wim
Issue Date: Feb-2013
Publisher: Published jointly by the Society and Munksgaard
Series Title: European Respiratory Journal vol:41 issue:2 pages:270-276
Article number: 10.1183/09031936.00021812
Abstract: Clinical audit has an important role as an indicator of the clinical practice in a given community. The European Respiratory Society (ERS) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) audit was designed as a pilot study to evaluate clinical practice variability as well as clinical and organisational factors related to outcomes for COPD hospital admissions across Europe. The study was designed as a prospective observational noninterventional cohort trial, in which 422 hospitals from 13 European countries participated. There were two databases: one for hospital's resources and organisation and one for clinical information. The study was comprised of an initial 8-week phase during which all consecutive cases admitted to hospital due to an exacerbation of COPD were identified and information on clinical practice was gathered. During the 90-day second phase, mortality and readmissions were recorded. Patient data were anonymised and encrypted through a multi-lingual web-tool. As there is no pan-European Ethics Committee for audits, all partners accepted the general ethical rules of the ERS and ensured compliance with their own national ethical requirements. This paper describes the methodological issues encountered in organising and delivering a multi-national European audit, highlighting goals, barriers and achievements, and provides valuable information for those interested in developing clinical audits.
ISSN: 0903-1936
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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