Accessing data for quality improvement

The ICNARC Case Mix Programme (CMP) was established in 1994 as a national audit of critical care in order to provide an independent, national resource for the monitoring and evaluation of critical care. Currently 100% of adult, general critical care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland participate in the CMP. Other specialist units, including neurosciences, cardiac and high-dependency units, also participate. The database has developed into one of the largest in the world with accurate data from over 1.8 million patients providing a wealth of information for collaborative research.

Participating units receive quarterly comparative reports for local performance management and quality improvement. Results of the audit are also available in the public domain. The Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group provides a similar national audit service in Scotland.