We are very excited to be launching the ESCP pan-European right hemicolectomy / ileocaecal resection audit today (15th January 2015). The audit period is set to run from 15th January 2015 until 15th March 2015. To date, there are 394 hospitals registered in over 45 different countries, making this the biggest study of its type ever performed.

Registered sites should have already been contacted about how to access the online tool for data entry. If you have not yet had this, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Access the online data tool here

It is still possible to join the project. If you are able to obtain the necessary local approvals before 30th January 2015 you are still welcome to register your unit and open for the audit. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are planning to open later.

The full protocol for the audit is available here. More information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

Information for participating centres

Local approvals:

It is the responsibility of the local team to ensure any necessary local approvals are in place prior to starting to collect data.

Passwords for online data tool:

Once you have been pre-registered on the system, you will receive an email with a link to obtain your password. If you have not received this, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Start Date:

The last date for opening for the audit is 30th January 2015 (whether because approvals are not yet granted or because your unit is not yet registered). If you open late, we would still like you to collect data for a total of two months from the start date, so that all units are open for the same length of time (i.e. if you open on 23rd January you should collect data until 23rd March).This extended opening window will also allow other new sites to register and be involved even at this later stage – so if you have colleagues at other sites in your region/country, please encourage them to participate if possible.

Offline data collection form:

We are keen that data is entered directly onto the online system wherever possible. However we have also created an ‘offline’ paper data collection form for your use if there are any problems with accessing the online system (e.g. password problems or unable to access the website). This data will then need to be entered online by your team as soon as practical. The 'offline' paper form form is brief, and not as detailed as the online form, so it should be used in conjunction with the online tool where possible. A sample of this form is available to download here.

Authorship:

As per the protocol, a maximum of 5 investigators from each site will be listed as co-authors on the end paper(s) from this project. This model relies on all sites doing their best to include all patients undergoing an eligible operation during the study period – with a data completion target rate of 95%. We will take the co-authors from the list of individuals registered for the online tool, so it is important that you send this through to us as above.

For further information about any aspects of the study, please refer to the full protocol, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you again for your support of this exciting venture.

Thomas Pinkney, Sandra Vennix, Matteo Frasson, Baljit Singh, Oded Zmora, Alaa El-Hussuna, Nick Battersby, Aneel Bhangu, Sanjay Chaudhri
The ESCP Cohort Studies and Audits sub-committee

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