Unique research database to improve care for thoracic surgery patients

April 18, 2018

Dr. Andrew Seely is helping lead a national project to greatly enhance quality improvement and clinical research in thoracic surgery. This Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons Quality Improvement Program was awarded $727,900 by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. The program will collect standardized data from multiple health-care institutions using software previously developed by Dr. Seely and the thoracic research team. This data will allow surgical teams to assess their own performance, as well as compare and track trends over time. The program’s aims are to identify and implement best practices through review of evidence along with surgical teams’ experience and discussions. This research platform will also help evaluate and compare different surgical techniques, and form a platform for clinical trials. The Thoracic Surgery Data Management Centre at The Ottawa Hospital will house the national database, provide software to facilitate data collection, and help coordinate activities.

Principal investigators: Andrew Seely, Christan Finley. Co-Investigators: Lorenzo Ferri, Donna Maziak, Farid Shamji, Sudhir Sundaresan, James Villeneuve, Tom Waddell.

Dr. Seely’s research is possible because of generous support for Research to Improve Patient Care at The Ottawa Hospital.

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