International Journal of Hematology

DOI: 10.1007/s12185-015-1896-8 Pages: 20-24

Quality control and assurance in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation data registries in Japan and other countries

1. Nagoya University Hospital, Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research

Correspondence to:
Yachiyo Kuwatsuka
Tel: 81-52-744-1957
Email: ykuwatsuka@med.nagoya-u.ac.jp

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Abstract

Observational studies from national and international registries with large volumes of patients are commonly performed to identify superior strategies for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Major international and national stem cell transplant registries collect outcome data using electronic data capture systems, and a systematic study support process has been developed. Statistical support for studies is available from some major international registries, and international and national registries also mutually collaborate to promote stem cell transplant outcome studies and transplant-related activities. Transplant registries additionally take measures to improve data quality to further improve the quality of outcome studies by utilizing data capture systems and manual data management. Data auditing can potentially even further improve data quality; however, human and budgetary resources can be limiting factors in system construction and audits of the Japanese transplant registry are not currently performed.

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