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Kuwait looks to establish bariatric surgery database

10,000 bariatric surgeries are performed in Kuwait each year and this number is expected to grow

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health (MoH) is contemplating on whether to compile a database to track patients undergoing bariatric surgery in the State. This comes in the wake of the rapid increase in bariatric surgeries in the State with obesity and its co-morbidities like type-2 diabetes reaching epidemic levels.

It is currently estimated that about 10,000 bariatric surgeries are performed in Kuwait each year and this number is expected to grow. However, very little is known about the exact procedures followed by different surgeons and their outcomes on a national level. Bariatric surgery is proving to be an effective strategy in the treatment of obesity and related chronic diseases, especially in the backdrop of the economic strain these medical conditions put on the country’s healthcare system.

If the MoH’s plans for a registry comes through it would make data on surgeries, investigations and treatments readily available. Such a robust, reliable and integrated data collection registry would include reporting and data analysis, which would yield a quality assurance programme within any hospital.

Moreover, having a unified central clinical database would enable different bariatric surgery departments within the MoH to produce systematic risk stratified outcome reports for each location. These reports would further enhance the whole department’s national and international reputation and enable the MoH to deliver high quality bariatric practices in Kuwait, consistent with international standards.

The database would provide the required data to the ministry, bariatric surgery specialists, and patients in Kuwait to track, analyse, and benchmark service delivery in the country, as well  as patient outcomes, and enhance medical education in bariatric surgery in Kuwait.

At the hospital level, this will also facilitate clinical workflow and data collection, analysis and reporting in each bariatric surgery center in the state. Another advantage of the database is that it would enable the MoH to monitor individual bariatric centers and even surgeons over time. The data would also facilitate medical education and help in the development of bariatric surgery in the country, benefiting a larger number of patients with morbid obesity and co-morbidities.

The data may also be used for international service analysis and benchmarking with other countries. This will help demonstrate the quality and safety of bariatric surgery in Kuwait.

As demonstrated by the ‘First UK National Bariatric Surgery Report’, the Kuwait database would produce accumulated data that would allow the publication of a comprehensive report on outcomes following bariatric surgeries.

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