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The National Neurosurgery Quality
and Outcomes Database (N²QOD)


The National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N²QOD) serves as a continuous national clinical registry for neurosurgical procedures and practice patterns. Its primary purpose is to track quality of surgical care for the most common neurosurgical procedures, as well as provide practice groups and hospitals with an immediate infrastructure for analyzing and reporting the quality of their neurosurgical care.

The primary goals of the N²QOD are to:

  1. Establish risk-adjusted national benchmarks for both the cost and quality of common neurosurgical procedures
  2. Allow practice groups and hospitals to analyze their individual morbidity and clinical outcomes in real-time
  3. Generate both quality and efficiency of neurosurgical procedures
  4. Demonstrate the comparative effectiveness of neurosurgical procedures
  5. Facilitate essential multi-center trials and other cooperative clinical studies

The NPA chose the Vanderbilt Institute of Medicine and Public Health (VIMPH) to manage the collection and analysis of standardized data across neurological practices. The VIMPH is a national recognized leader in the field of health services research and quality improvement. The NPA has also adopted the popular and versatile REDCap™ (Research Electronic Data Capture) platform which will provide comprehensive data services for the N²QOD project.