In order to implement the transnational registry for fractures, the project partners of the Baltic Fracture Competence Centre developed a Common Data Set. The definition of the Data Set and its implementation is led by the BFCC infrastructure and data management partner Institute for Community Medicine at the University of Greifswald (UMG). The Common Data Set is the basis to answer research questions about fracture scenarios, treatment procedures and complications. Additionally, the Common Data Set will facilitate benchmarking among countries and describes best practices.
The BFCC Common Data Set was jointly defined in workshops with all clinical, industrial and research BFCC partners. An important step was the definition of the subset called Minimal Data Set, a standard of parameters, which must be gathered by each BFCC hospital, and includes, e. g. fracture classification and type of complication. Thus, the challenge was to consider the different interests of all parties involved and to agree upon a lowest common denominator. All variables of the Data Set have been assigned to the previously-defined survey dimensions (patient data, fracture scenario, diagnosis, treatment, complications, infection and discharge).
The present version of the BFCC Common Data Set is now available online. It uses a graphical Data Dictionary Browser which was specifically developed for the BFCC website by the Institute for Community Medicine. This easy-to-use graphical browser helps partner sites to use and pilot the Common Data Set. Changes and extensions are implemented using the BFCC-wide Change Request procedure as proposed by the BFCC data management team at the UMG. This Change Request procedure was already successfully piloted by the BFCC partners University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck and BoneIndex.
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