The completeness and accuracy of the Norwegian Female Incontinence Registry.

Medical quality registries have gained popularity as tools for monitoring the quality of medical treatments and serve as data source for research. The Norwegian Female Incontinence Registry (NFIR) was established in 1998 to monitor and improve the quality of surgery for women with stress and mixed urinary incontinence in Norway and to collect data for research. The present study aimed to assess the completeness and accuracy of the Norwegian Female Incontinence Registry, and potential differences in data accuracy over time and according to surgical volume of the reporting hospitals.

A random selection of 300 women from a total of 20 610 operated for urinary incontinence between 1998 and 2016 reported to the Norwegian Female Incontinence Registry from 28 public hospitals were selected for validation. The database completeness was estimated for 2008 - 2017 by comparing surgical procedures registered both in the Norwegian Female Incontinence Registry and Norwegian National Patient Registry. Historical data recorded in the Registry for ten selected key variables were extracted and compared to the patients' individual medical records at the reporting hospitals as reference. The reviewers were blinded to the previously stored information. Intraclass correlation coefficient for continuous variables and Cohen's kappa for categorical variables were calculated.

Primary source data on 285 out of the 300 women selected from Norwegian Female Incontinence Registry was successfully retrieved. The completeness of the registry has increased from 61 % in 2008 to 99 % in 2017. The national coverage has increased from 12 reporting departments in 1998 to all 38 public departments performing female incontinence surgery in 2017. Excellent accuracy was found for both continuous variables (intraclass correlation coefficient > 0.94) and categorical variables (Cohen's kappa > 0.86). No differences in data accuracy were found comparing high volume hospitals to low volume hospitals, or when comparing data accuracy over time.

The Norwegian Female Incontinence Registry is a reliable tool for quality assessment of incontinence surgery and research. The registry completeness has improved over time and now contains data from nearly all women undergoing incontinence surgery in Norway.

Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica. 2020 Jul 08 [Epub ahead of print]

Ole Aleksander Dyrkorn, Anne Cathrine Staff, Sigurd Kulseng-Hanssen, Tomislav Dimoski, Rune Svenningsen

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway., The Norwegian Female Incontinence Registry, Oslo, Norway.

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