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Danish Urogynaecological Database

Authors Hansen UD, Gradel KO, Larsen MD

Received 1 November 2015

Accepted for publication 24 February 2016

Published 25 October 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 709—712

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CLEP.S99511

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Henrik Toft Sørensen


Ulla Darling Hansen,1 Kim Oren Gradel,2 Michael Due Larsen2

1Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Odense University Hospital, 2Center for Clinical Epidemiology, Odense University Hospital, and Research Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense C, Denmark


Abstract: The Danish Urogynaecological Database is established in order to ensure high quality of treatment for patients undergoing urogynecological surgery. The database contains details of all women in Denmark undergoing incontinence surgery or pelvic organ prolapse surgery amounting to ~5,200 procedures per year. The variables are collected along the course of treatment of the patient from the referral to a postoperative control. Main variables are prior obstetrical and gynecological history, symptoms, symptom-related quality of life, objective urogynecological findings, type of operation, complications if relevant, implants used if relevant, 3–6-month postoperative recording of symptoms, if any. A set of clinical quality indicators is being maintained by the steering committee for the database and is published in an annual report which also contains extensive descriptive statistics. The database has a completeness of over 90% of all urogynecological surgeries performed in Denmark. Some of the main variables have been validated using medical records as gold standard. The positive predictive value was above 90%. The data are used as a quality monitoring tool by the hospitals and in a number of scientific studies of specific urogynecological topics, broader epidemiological topics, and the use of patient reported outcome measures.

Keywords: urogynecology, pelvic organ prolapse surgery, incontinence surgery, surgical quality monitoring

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