FLS-DB transparency data

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The Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB) is a clinically-led, web-based national audit of secondary fracture prevention in England and Wales commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP).

The FLS-DB patient audit has collected information on fragility fracture diagnosed from 1 January 2016.

Making clinical audit data transparent

In his transparency and open data letter to cabinet ministers on 7 July 2011, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a commitment to make clinical audit data available from the national audits within the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). This data will be released in an open and standardised format and provided annually from then onwards.

Covering Fracture Liaison Services (FLSs) in England and Wales, FLS-DB audit data includes information about data completeness, case-mix and care.

What information is being made available?

FLS level data on care processes. The data does not include details of individual patients or any patient identifiable data.

Using and interpreting the data

Data from the FLS-DB requires careful interpretation, and the information should not be looked at in isolation when assessing standards of care. Data is provided by every participating FLS in England and Wales.

Accessing the data

The data is being made available on the data.gov.uk website and on this page. Each year one file of data from the FLS-DB will be made available in CSV format. FLSs are identified by name.

What does the data cover?

The data documents FLS level compliance with defined clinical standards for secondary fracture prevention. Details of these standards can be found in the FLS-DB audit reportThe audit was initiated to measure primarily against NICE technology assessments and guidance on osteoporosis, and the National Osteoporosis Society clinical standards for FLSs

What period does the data cover?

Round 1 - January 2016 to June 2016

For round one of the FLS-DB audit data was extracted from the FLS database in October 2016, and covers patients diagnosed with a fragility fracture within the NHS between January and June 2016.

Round 2 - January 2016 to December 2016

For round two of the FLS-DB audit data was extracted from the FLS database in June 2017, and covers patients diagnosed with a fragility fracture within the NHS between January and December 2016.

Round 3 - January 2017 to December 2017

For round three of the FLS-DB audit data was extracted from the FLS database in June 2018, and covers patients diagnosed with a fragility fracture within the NHS between January and December 2017.