Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery 2019; 32(01): 025-032
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1673351
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Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP): A Nuanced, Flexible Platform for Colorectal Surgical Research

Vlad V. Simianu
1  Colorectal Surgery Program, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Anjali S. Kumar
2  Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University, Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, Washington
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Publication Date:
08 January 2019 (online)


The Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) is a surgeon-led quality improvement (QI) initiative developed in Washington State to track and reduce variability in surgical care. It has developed into a collaboration of over two-thirds of the hospitals in the state, who share data and receive regular benchmarking reports. Data are abstracted at each site by trained abstractors. While there has some overlap with other national QI databases, the data captured by SCOAP has clinical nuances that make it pragmatic for studying surgical care. We review the unique properties of SCOAP and offer some examples of its novel applications.