Journal article

Defining Quality Indicators for Breast Device Surgery: Using Registries for Global Benchmarking

Husna Begum, Swarna Vishwanath, Michelle Merenda, Mark Tacey, Nicola Dean, Elisabeth Elder, Marc Mureau, Ron Bezic, Pamela Carter, Rodney D Cooter, Anand Deva, Arul Earnest, Michael Higgs, Howard Klein, Mark Magnusson, Colin Moore, Hinne Rakhorst, Christobel Saunders, Birgit Stark, Ingrid Hopper

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019


Breast device registries monitor devices encompassing breast implants, tissue expanders and dermal matrices, and the quality of care and patient outcomes for breast device surgery. Defining a standard set of quality indicators and risk adjustment factors will enable consistency and adjustment for case-mix in benchmarking quality of care across breast implant registries. This study aimed to develop a set of quality indicators to enable assessment and reporting of quality of care for breast device surgery which can be applied globally. Methods: A scoping literature review was undertaken, and potential quality indicators were identified. Consensus on the final list of quality indicators was obt..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are very grateful to Ms Jill Borthwick (Breast Care Nurse) and to Ms Cindy Schultz-Ferguson (Consumer Representative) for their valuable contribution in this project. We also thank Prof. Allen Cheng for input into the discussion on antibiotic stewardship. We gratefully acknowledge the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health for funding the Australian Breast Device Registry, which supported this Delphi process. Dr Ingrid Hopper is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia fellowship.