Quality indicators in pancreatic surgery: Lessons learned from the German DGAV StuDoQ pancreas registry

Ulrich F. Wellner*, Tobias Keck

*Corresponding author for this work
3 Citations (Scopus)


Background: Political and public interest in quality management in surgery is increasing. The German Society for General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV) established the DGAV StuDoQ, a nationwide registry for quality assessment in visceral surgery, with the organ-specific module DGAV StuDoQ Pancreas. The first prerequisite for the measurement of quality is the definition of quality indicators. These can be related to risk factors which are also documented in the registry. Methods: Quality indicators for pancreatic surgery were developed by review of the current literature and expert consensus. After ranking the potential quality indicators, three essential indicators for outcome quality were selected for further review of the literature. Current figures were extracted from the DGAV StuDoQ Pancreas registry and the correlation with selected risk factors was tested. Results: Three essential outcome quality indicators were selected: In-hospital mortality, TV30, and severe complications according to the Clavien-Dindo Classification. Preliminary data confirms the validity of risk factors included in the DGAV StuDoQ Pancreas registry. Conclusion: Essential quality indicators were defined for pancreatic surgery. The DGAV StuDoQ Pancreas constitutes a valid platform for risk-adjusted quality assessment in Germany.

Original languageEnglish
JournalVisceral Medicine
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01.05.2017

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)


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