|GIQuIC Research Overview|
|GIQuIC Research Policies & Procedures|
Since 2010, GIQuIC has set the standard in the collection and reporting of quality measures in the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy. This robust dataset is an invaluable resource for practice benchmarking and further provides an excellent opportunity for those interested in gastroenterology research.
GIQuIC registry data are contributed from endoscopy units in various practice settings across the United States. Data enters the registry via two methods: direct data entry or, more commonly, upload from an endowriter. The research data warehouse contains de-identified information on practices, providers, and patients that allows investigators to address complex and varied research questions. For an overview of data included in the registry, please refer to the colonoscopy and EGD data collection forms.
The GIQuIC Research Committee carefully reviews all project proposals, evaluating the project’s feasibility, novelty and potential impact. All analyses are completed by GIQuIC’s team of in-house data analysts, who work closely with Project Investigators in order to best address the research question. Most projects are undertaken with the intention of publishing results in a peer-reviewed journal.
For general research inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our research process generally follows the steps presented below:
If at any point during this process it is determined that the GIQuIC research data warehouse is not an appropriate fit for your project, a research staff member will notify you promptly.
If you have any questions about completing these forms or about the research processes at GIQuIC in general, see the GIQuIC Research FAQs below or contact GIQuIC data analysts here.
What procedure types are available?
As of October 2016, the research data warehouse contains colonoscopy and EGD data.
Are the data limited to the colonoscopy and EGD quality measures for which GIQuIC reports?
No. The following links will provide you with details on the colonoscopy and EGD data collected. These procedure data fields are combined with data describing practices and providers, creating a robust and fully realized dataset.
Do I need an IRB?
This depends on the nature of your project. Projects that solely examine existing GIQuIC research data are exempt from IRB overview as determined by Western IRB. A copy of the Exemption Determination Letter from Western IRB is available upon request. Projects that involve patient and/or provider contact for the collection of information not already included in the research data warehouse will require additional IRB review. This can be covered by Western IRB, or you may choose to use an IRB with which you have an affiliation (e.g. academic institution IRB).
Who performs data extraction, cleaning and analysis? Can I receive a full copy of the dataset?
All data-related tasks (extraction, cleaning, analysis) are performed in-house due to the complex nature of the dataset and the training required to use it. Results are released to investigators only in aggregate form.
Is there a cost associated with GIQuIC research?
Yes. Project costs are determined by the amount of effort required by the GIQuIC staff to complete the proposed work. The effort is based on project complexity, type of statistical analysis and other considerations. The Research staff will work with potential investigators to develop a Scope of Work for project proposals. Funding opportunities are available from numerous sources, including our sponsoring societies the ACG and ASGE.
Does my site need to contribute data to GIQUIC in order to do research?
Being a member of GIQUIC is not a requirement, however we encourage all sites to consider joining the registry, as participation in GIQUIC is one factor that is taken into consideration when determining whether or not the project can be supported.