Overview of the key dates for the NOD audits.
The sixth annual report for the National Ophthalmology Database Audit for cataract surgery shows a continuation of the year-on-year reduction in complication rates. The audit findings are favourable indicating that NHS patients are receiving high quality cataract surgery.
This editorial in Eye reviews the NOD Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) audit in its recent May 2023 publication: The NOD audit: Insights into the current state of management for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. The first large scale audit of hospital eye care services for patients treated with nAMD in the UK.
The NOD Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) audit report is a significant milestone in benchmarking the delivery of AMD treatment in the UK, using data recorded as part of routine clinical care. It reflects the desire and willingness of ophthalmologists throughout the UK to quality assure the care they provide for many thousands of patients who have the rapidly progressive ‘wet’ form of AMD. The audit provides understanding of the quality of care and outcomes of treatment for AMD patients, recommendations and next steps for the audit.
The fifth annual report for the National Ophthalmology Database Audit for cataract surgery showcases how high-quality management, engagement with contributors and continuing insightful analysis of data can directly impact patient care, make savings and improve efficiencies for the NHS.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists extends its thanks to all the participating organisations signed up for the audit’s second full data extraction which took place in May 2023.
Seeing is Believing: Implementing PROM for Cataract Surgery
View our PROM webinar from March 2022 looking at the use of a self-reported patient centred outcome for cataract surgery and its future use in the NOD national cataract audit.
Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are ideally suited to interventions for symptomatic conditions such as cataract surgery. Cataract causes symptomatic visual difficulties for those affected, with surgery undertaken to relieve those difficulties. Cat-PROM5 has been developed to measure cataract related visual difficulties which adversely impact vision related quality of life, and their relief from surgery. The NOD is currently running a second pilot with the aim to assess the feasibility of collecting nationally PROMs for cataract surgery nationally as a primary patient centred outcome of benefit of cataract surgery within the scope of the national cataract audit. Read the Health Quality Improvement Partnership early stage feasibility study this new pilot is building on.
In addition to our audit reports, we widely publish outputs in peer review journals adding to international community knowledge base and informing changes in practice.