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Retinal Detachment Data Set

The Retinal Detachment Data Set has been composed by a Sub-committee of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Informatics and Audit Committee, comprising a representative selection of experts in retinal detachment in a variety of healthcare environments across the UK. The British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons was represented by their Interim Chairman Alistair Laidlaw.

The purpose of the Retinal Detachment Data Set is to represent an agreed set of clinical information which can be collected on patients with retinal detachment. As well as defining the items to be collected, the dataset also describes the format for each item. The data set can be used as a basis for clinical care, outcome analysis, clinical audit, revalidation, and research. Common use of the data set will ensure that information collected by different clinicians, using different paper or electronic systems in different locations, is easily transferable, and can therefore form the basis of large, anonymised databases for audit and outcomes research.

This data set applies only to patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD), which is defined as retinal detachment associated with retinal breaks, including retinal dialyses.


The Retinal Detachment Data Set is intended as a public resource available to all. Maintenance of the content through regular review will be by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The data set working group of the College IT and Audit Sub-committee is able to undertake this regular review work which should be linked to relevant College Guideline reviews.

Suppliers and end users will be able to contact The Royal College of Ophthalmologists whose IT and Audit Sub-committee will be responsible for receiving, logging and risk assessing requests for change. Lower risk requests will be considered at the next scheduled review as part of the expert review process. High risk requests (where patient safety is at issue) will be acted upon without delay through chairman’s action.

The Sub-committee chair (personally or by delegation) will be responsible for ensuring that any reported high risk issues are considered and acted upon promptly without awaiting a scheduled review. Where the expert group considers that change is necessary a change notice will be initiated as usual according to established practice.

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