The Swedish Quality Register for Septoplasty
The Swedish Quality Register for Septoplasty Surgery (SQRS) was initiated in 1997 and revised in 2013. The SQRS is a register for breathing-improving septoplasty, with or without concomitant turbinate surgery, excluding septoplasty in combination with other sinonasal surgery or rhinoplasty. Participation in the register is voluntary for surgeons and surgical centres. The register is administered by a reference group on behalf of the Swedish Association for Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and funded by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.
COVERAGE AND COMPLETENESS
Septoplasty is a common surgical procedure. In 2022, 2251 septoplasty procedures were performed in Sweden (population circa 10 million in 2022). The coverage of the SQRS 2004-2022 has improved and in 2022, 67% of all known septoplasty procedures in Sweden were registered. In 2022, 35 of 44 (79.5%) Swedish surgical units participated in the SQRS.
The denominator in the calculation of coverage is the total number of registered septoplasty procedures in the National Patient Register (NPR) and the SQRS. The numerator is the total number of septoplasty procedures registered in the SQRS. All Swedish health care providers are required by law to report all septoplasty procedures to the NPR.
The total number of septoplasty procedures in Sweden and the coverage of the SQRS reported per year:
2014 2484 – 47.3 %
2015 2330 – 52.7 %
2016 2301 – 53.7 %
2017 2302 – 53.6 %
2018 2367 – 45.5 %
2019 2147 – 60.2 %
2020 1513 – 49.4 %
2021 1924 – 60.8 %
2022 2251 – 67.4%
The register contains information on several factors in the clinical process that may influence the outcome in a positive or negative direction. Interactive data from the register is available (in Swedish) online on our statistics page. Here, daily updated data on national and local clinical practice, rates of complications and rates of efficacy is presented.
HOW TO USE DATA
Data from the SQRS can identify areas where improvement is warranted and can stimulate local quality improvement projects. Data from the register can also be used for research, and the large number of patients registered annually enables the SQRS to function as a complement to RCTs. Several scientific studies have been conducted using data from the register. Full information on publications is available on our publication page.
Latest update November 28 2023.