The Danish National Database for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Authors Jennum PJ, Larsen P, Cerqueira C, Schmidt T, Tønnesen P
Received 6 December 2015
Accepted for publication 21 January 2016
Published 25 October 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 573—576
Checked for plagiarism Yes
Review by Single anonymous peer review
Peer reviewer comments 2
Editor who approved publication: Professor Henrik Toft Sørensen
Poul Jørgen Jennum,1 Preben Larsen,2 Charlotte Cerqueira,3 Thor Schmidt,4 Philip Tønnesen1
1Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Danish Center for Sleep Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, 2Section of Respiratory Disease, Medical Department, Fredericia Hospital, Fredericia, 3Registry Support Centre (East) – Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Research Centre for Prevention and Health, 4Registry Support Centre (East) – Clinical Quality Improvement and Health Informatics, Capital Region of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Aim: The aim of the Danish National Database for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (NDOSA) was to evaluate the clinical quality (diagnostic, treatment, and management) for obstructive sleep apnea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome in Denmark using a real-time national database reporting to the Danish National Patient Registry.
Study population: All patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or obesity hypoventilation syndrome at public and private in- and out-hospital departments in Denmark were included.
Main variables: The NDOSA contains information about baseline characteristics, comorbidity, diagnostic procedures conducted, treatment (continuous positive airway pressure and similar treatments, surgery, mandibular advancement devices, etc) complications, and treatment status.
Descriptive data: Yearly report with indicators for diagnostic procedures, treatment, and follow-up comparing different departments was involved in the management of sleep apnea in Denmark for the purpose of quality improvement.
Conclusion: The NDOSA has proven to be a real-time national database using diagnostic and treatment procedures reported to the Danish National Patient Registry.
Keywords: obstructive sleep apnea, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, quality of care, clinical registry
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