Based on the experience of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database (see Lessons Learned from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons National Database, above), David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the society’s Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety, encouraged otolaryngologists to view the clinical data registry as a potential aid to improving patient care and clinical practice. Emphasizing the importance of accurate data, he urged otolaryngologists to proactively engage in the database and not completely relegate data entry to someone else. “To the extent that surgeons are involved and engaged in the process of data collection, working in conjunction with their data managers, the more accurate, useful, and trustworthy the database will be to surgeons,” he said.
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Mary Beth Nierengarten is a freelance medical writer based in Minnesota.