Determining the Minimum Dataset for Surgical Patients in Africa: A Delphi Study

Hyla Louise Kluyts*, Gillian J. Bedwell, Alemayehu G. Bedada, Tarig Fadalla, Adam Hewitt-Smith, Bernard A. Mbwele, Busisiwe Mrara, Akinyinka Omigbodun, Jones Omoshoro-Jones, Edwin W. Turton, Fitsum K. Belachew, Kathryn Chu, Esther Cloete, Gerald Ekwen, Mohamed Ahmed Elfagieh, Mahmoud Elfiky, Mayaba Maimbo, Atilio Morais, Christophe Mpirimbanyi, Dolly MunlemvoPisirai Ndarukwa, Isaac Smalle, Alexandra Torborg, Mpoki Ulisubisya, Maher Fawzy, Veekash Gobin, Motselisi Mbeki, Zipporah Ngumi, Ushmaben Patel-Mujajati, Hamza D. Sama, Janat Tumukunde, Akwasi Antwi-Kusi, Apollo Basenaro, Gillian Lamacraft, Farai Madzimbamuto, Salome Maswime, Vanessa Msosa, Wakisa Mulwafu, Coulibaly Youssouf, Rupert Pearse, Bruce M. Biccard

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Background: It is often difficult for clinicians in African low- and middle-income countries middle-income countries to access useful aggregated data to identify areas for quality improvement. The aim of this Delphi study was to develop a standardised perioperative dataset for use in a registry. Methods: A Delphi method was followed to achieve consensus on the data points to include in a minimum perioperative dataset. The study consisted of two electronic surveys, followed by an online discussion and a final electronic survey (four Rounds). Results: Forty-one members of the African Perioperative Research Group participated in the process. Forty data points were deemed important and feasible to include in a minimum dataset for electronic capturing during the perioperative workflow by clinicians. A smaller dataset consisting of eight variables to define risk-adjusted perioperative mortality rate was also described. Conclusions: The minimum perioperative dataset can be used in a collaborative effort to establish a resource accessible to African clinicians in improving quality of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-592
Number of pages12
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


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