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Report on Quality of Care for Patients with Hip Fractures in Irish Hospitals Released

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Irish Hip Fracture Database (IHFD) National Report 2017

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) published the Irish Hip Fracture Database (IHFD) National Report 2017 outlining the quality of care provided by hospitals in Ireland in relation to hip fractures during 2017. The IHFD allows hospitals and hospital groups to measure their care at hospital, inter-hospital and national levels. Hip fracture care in Ireland is measured against Irish Hip Fracture Standards (IHFS) as determined by the Irish Hip Fracture Database Governance Committee.

The IHFD is a clinically led, web-based audit which measures the care and outcomes of patients with hip fractures. The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) was established in 2012 and has a specific focus on turning clinical data into quality information through national clinical audits. Since 2013, the IHFD has been under the operational governance of NOCA.

This is the fifth IHFD national report produced by NOCA. Since its commencement in 2012, the IHFD has gathered data on over 13,500 hip fracture patients in Ireland. Validated comparisons in care and outcomes at hospital level is also included in the report.  In 2016, the IHFD moved to hospital-level reporting across a number of data quality and clinical standards. To date, all 16 eligible hospitals are regularly uploading data to the IHFD. NOCA feeds back this information to the hospitals and hospital groups quarterly.

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