Can trainees design and deliver a national audit of epistaxis management? A pilot of a secure web-based audit tool and research trainee collaboratives (2017)

Type of publication:
Journal article

Mehta N.; Williams R.J.; Smith M.E.; Hall A.; Hardman J.C.; Cheung L.; Ellis M.P.; *Fussey J.M.; Lakhani R.; Hopkins C.; McLaren O.; Nankivell P.C.; Sharma N.; Yeung W.; Carrie S.

Journal of Laryngology and Otology; Jun 2017; vol. 131 (no. 6); p. 518-522

Objective: To investigate the feasibility of a national audit of epistaxis management led and delivered by a multiregion trainee collaborative using a web-based interface to capture patient data. Methods: Six trainee collaboratives across England nominated one site each and worked together to carry out this pilot. An encrypted data capture tool was adapted and installed within the infrastructure of a university secure server. Site-lead feedback was assessed through questionnaires. Results: Sixty-three patients with epistaxis were admitted over a two-week period. Site leads reported an average of 5 minutes to complete questionnaires and described the tool as easy to use. Data quality was high, with little missing data. Site-lead feedback showed high satisfaction ratings for the project (mean, 4.83 out of 5). Conclusion: This pilot showed that trainee collaboratives can work together to deliver an audit using an encrypted data capture tool cost-effectively, whilst maintaining the highest levels of data quality.