ESCP leadThe ESCP 2019 multicentre, international audit will focus on the management of patients with acute severe ulcerative colitis. The audit will be delivered by a collaboration between colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists.

The objective of the audit will be to explore variabilities in the medical and surgical management of acute severe ulcerative colitis and to determine its apparent impact on patient-level outcomes. Secondarily, the parameters that predict which patients may benefit from medical salvage therapy and who are likely to need colectomy will be assessed.

The data obtained about areas of variability in provision or practice, and how this may impact upon outcomes, will allow international benchmarking to improve the standard of care provided to this patient group, as well as generating hypotheses and inform future randomised research.

We welcome participants from any centre in the world. Each site can have up to eight investigators, including consultants and trainees. In each team, at least one team member will need to be a member of the ESCP.

Registration for MASC has now closed


Update February 2020

  • 1 January 2020: Last day for new patients to be entered (patients admitted to hospital with ASC on or before this date should all be included)
  • 31 March 2020: Last day of patient follow up (90 days for patients hospitalised on 1st January 2020)
  • 1 May 2020: REDCap database locked

The patient inclusion window for the MASC audit has closed

Centres have screened for patients for a minimum of six months. All patients should now be followed up for 90 days after index admission (please complete CRF D at 90 days).

We know that some sites have been recording their data locally on paper forms. Please can we ask you to now upload the details as soon as possible.

Have any patients been missed?

We need all sites to check back to see if any eligible patients have been missed, especially those who did not progress to surgery. These patients might be harder to spot if you are short of gastroenterologists in your MASC team. Please remember that you can include a total of up to 8 investigators from each site, all of whom will be PubMed searchable and citable. If you haven’t already, you may be able to use this information to get more support and buy-in from your local gastroenterology team.

All cases, including those who only had medical management, are important.

If you do find any more eligible patients, from within your patient inclusion window, you can still upload their details to REDCap at this stage. If CRF C (surgical details) needs to be completed it should be done by, or under the direction of, a surgeon who was present during the operation itself.

Data cleansing is starting

The data management team are reviewing the data uploaded to REDCap so far and maybe in touch with any queries.

We would be delighted to hear directly from you or answer any questions you may have (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Pinkney, Matteo Frasson and Rita Perry
On behalf of the ESCP Cohort Studies and Audits Committee


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