STS National Database Enables Extensive Research

The STS National Database is a valuable tool for quality improvement and research, and research utilizing the Database has grown exponentially in recent years. STS offers researchers various options for using these data, depending on the scale of the project and the questions posed by researchers.

Research Using the STS National Database

Monday, January 29
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Room 305

The STS Access & Publications Research Program allows Database participants to submit novel, well-conceived, and hypothesis-driven proposals for research. Submissions are accepted two times a year for the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, General Thoracic Surgery Database, and Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Soon, requests will be accepted for the new Intermacs Database component, which focuses on mechanical circulatory support devices.

Another option is the STS Participant User File (PUF) Research Program, which allows analysis of national-scale de-identified data from the Database at investigators’ institutions. The PUF Program was designed primarily as an affordable option for investigators to pose research questions, quickly obtain quality data, analyze these data themselves given appropriate biostatistics resources, receive feedback, and develop their efforts into abstracts and manuscripts.

At this afternoon’s Research Using the STS National Database session, speakers will explain the differences between the programs, cover the ins and outs of submitting data requests, and offer tips on developing a hypothesis, specific aims, and research plan.

This is a must-attend session for anyone wishing to fully utilize the research capabilities of the STS National Database.

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