Planning for Data Monitoring and Audits
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The process of data monitoring and auditing remains a mainstay to assure the integrity of information used for research and quality improvement. Despite this, routine monitoring and auditing vary widely in their utilization and implementation. The vast majority of published surgical literature is self-reported data, with the underlying assumption that the data submitted for publication are of high rigor and truthfulness. Formal data monitoring and auditing are usually reserved for clinical trials and data registries. Innovative methods to foster more routine use of these methods should be employed to ensure the highest level of data integrity in surgical literature. Ultimately, data integrity directly depends on the integrity of investigators and clinicians.
KeywordsData monitoring Audit Clinical trial Registry
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