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Can trainees design and deliver a national audit of epistaxis management? A pilot of a secure web-based audit tool and research trainee collaboratives

  • N Mehta (a1), R J Williams (a2), M E Smith (a3), A Hall (a4), J C Hardman (a5), L Cheung (a6), M P Ellis (a7), J M Fussey (a8), R Lakhani (a9), O McLaren (a10), P C Nankivell (a11), N Sharma (a12), W Yeung (a13), S Carrie (a14) and C Hopkins (a9)...

To investigate the feasibility of a national audit of epistaxis management led and delivered by a multi-region trainee collaborative using a web-based interface to capture patient data.


Six trainee collaboratives across England nominated one site each and worked together to carry out this pilot. An encrypted data capture tool was adapted and installed within the infrastructure of a university secure server. Site-lead feedback was assessed through questionnaires.


Sixty-three patients with epistaxis were admitted over a two-week period. Site leads reported an average of 5 minutes to complete questionnaires and described the tool as easy to use. Data quality was high, with little missing data. Site-lead feedback showed high satisfaction ratings for the project (mean, 4.83 out of 5).


This pilot showed that trainee collaboratives can work together to deliver an audit using an encrypted data capture tool cost-effectively, whilst maintaining the highest levels of data quality.

Corresponding author
Address for correspondence: Mr Nishchay Mehta, evidENT, Ear Institute, University College London, 332 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8EE, UK E-mail:
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