2 April 2016

National Quality Registry for Cataracts

  • Registry Manager: Blekinge County Council
  • Registry Centre - affiliation: Registry Centre South
  • Start year: 1992
  • Classifications used: KVÅ, ICD10
  • This registry contains data on: Interventions, Specialised Outpatient Care, PROM or other patient-reported health effects, Follow-up Data 3-5 months after the case is registered in the registry

Description of registry

The National Quality Registry for Cataracts was originally established to monitor the effects of the introduction of the limited waiting time guarantee for patients waiting for cataract operations.

The core registry focuses on demographics, waiting times for surgery and visual function at the time of surgery. The registry has been expanded to include outcome data, perceived benefit of the surgery and the prevalence of post-operative endophthalmitis (infection inside the eye). A key objective is to document differences in the country in terms of availability and outcome.

Population

All patients who have undergone cataract surgery in Sweden are included in the registry. The procedure must have been completed for registration to be possible. The aim of the registry is for all clinics in the country (both public and private) to report their completed cataract surgeries.

Ages in the registry

8-120.

Total volume of registry

Number of surgeries 1992–2014: 1,642,426.

Volume over the past operating year

111,201 operations.

Approximately 110,000 cataract surgeries per year.

Coverage rate

Approximately 95 percent.

Of available statistics from the Swedish Ophthalmological Society, coverage in the registry was 96.7 percent in 2014.

References on validations

Lundström M, Behndig A, Kugelberg M, Montan P, Stenevi U, Thorburn W. Decreasing rate of capsule complication in cataract surgery in an 8-year perspective-a study of incidence, risk factors and data validity by the Swedish National Cataract Register. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011;37:1762-7.

Note: Variable lists are updated on a regular basis and should therefore be seen as preliminary. For the latest version, please contact the registry.

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