Projects: QOD

The Quality Outcomes Database (QOD)

The Quality Outcomes Database (QOD), formerly known as 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 QOD 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 University Medical Center (VUMC) to manage the collection and analysis of standardized data across neurological practices. The VUMC 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 QOD project.