Background: The nationwide Dutch Lung Surgery Audit (DLSA) started in 2012 to monitor and evaluate the quality of lung operations in The Netherlands as an improvement tool. This outline describes the establishment, structure, and organization of the audit by the Dutch Society of Lung Surgeons (NVvL) and the Dutch Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (NVT), in collaboration with the Dutch Institute for Clinical Auditing. In addition, the first 4-year results are presented.
Methods: The NVvL and NVT initiated a web-based registration, including weekly updated online feedback for participating hospitals. Data verification by external data managers is performed on regular basis. The audit is incorporated in national quality improvement programs, and participation in the DLSA is mandatory by health insurance organizations and the National Healthcare Inspectorate.
Results: Between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2015, all hospitals performing lung operations participated, and a total of 19,557 patients were registered from which almost half comprised lung cancer patients. Nationwide the guideline adherence increased over the years, and 96.5% of lung cancer patients were discussed in preoperative multidisciplinary teams. Overall postoperative complications and mortality after non-small cell lung cancer operations were 15.5% and 2.0%, respectively.
Conclusions: The audit provides reliable benchmarked information for caregivers and hospital management with potential to start local, regional, or national improvement initiatives. Currently, the audit is further completed with data from nonsurgical lung cancer patients, including treatment data from pulmonary oncologists and radiation oncologists. This will ultimately provide a comprehensive overview of lung cancer treatment in The Netherlands.,
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Ten Berge, M. G., Beck, N., Heineman, D.J. (David Jonathan), Damhuis, R., Steup, W. H., van Huijstee, P.J. (Pieter Jan), … Wouters, M. (2018). Dutch Lung Surgery Audit. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 106(2), 390–397. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.03.049