Development of a North American coordinated registry network for surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia

Susana Martinez Diaz, Naeem Bhojani, Dean Elterman, Kevin Zorn, Steven A. Kaplan, Tobias S. Kohler, Lori B. Lerner, Kevin T. McVary, Matthew P. Rutman, Charles Welliver, Alexis E. Te, Art Sedrakyan, Bilal Chughtai

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Purpose: To create a prospective, multicenter coordinated registry network (CRN) of robust “real world” data for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that links surgical practices to objective and subjective outcomes of patients who undergo surgery for the improvement in lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to BPH. Methods: We gathered a group of BPH experts from various institutions to identify the minimum core data elements needed to assess BPH procedures. To achieve consensus on the data elements, we used a Delphi method adaptation, in which a series of surveys were answered by the expert panel individually and anonymously. Survey results were collected and analyzed. Questions for the following round were based on response analysis from the prior survey. This process was repeated until consensus was achieved. Results: Participation rates in the first and second rounds were 100% and 90%, respectively. The expert panel reached consensus on 148 data elements out of the 182 proposed, capturing patient medical and surgical history, procedure, discharge, short- and long-term follow-up, device factors, surgery, and surgeon factors. Conclusion: We have successfully developed a set of core data elements to support the study of BPH surgical therapies by gathering an expert panel on BPH and using the Delphi method. These data elements influence provider decisions about treatment and include important outcomes related to efficacy and safety.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Journal of Urology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia surgical treatment
  • Coordinated registry network
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Multicenter


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