Today, epidemiological research on Swedish perioperative care is lacking. Especially rare is data on large, unselected populations with a long-term follow-up (years). It is of utmost importance to, if possible, identify modifiable risk factors of poor outcomes and thereby improve the lives of the many swedes undergoing surgery each day.
To make this possible my research group (lead by professor Michelle Chew) and I have recently constructed a large database including the majority of all surgeries carried out in Sweden during four years, 2015-2018. This database crossmatches data from seven different national quality registers to gain as broad a view of this patient group as possible. The population is retrieved from the Swedish PeriOperative Registry (SPOR), a rather newly developed national quality registry with the purpose of including all surgeries in the same registry to improve our knowledge of this group of patients.
Our database EPeCS (Epidemiology of Perioperative Care in Sweden) will be the basis for ten different substudies for our research group, where my personal focus will be on three principal areas; epidemiology, socioeconomic influence and health economy.