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Database Registry

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Director, Prof Brian Goh's message:

The ACP Surgery Database registry is an important clinical database platform for departments to collect and store observational data from their patients in a safe and secure manner. This registry enables departments to audit their clinical outcomes in addition to planning and performing clinical research. It serves as an invaluable tool within our ACP to deliver on its mission in advancing surgical knowledge and improving patient care.

Director, Prof Brian Goh
Senior Consultant, Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary & Transplant Surgery, SGH & NCCS


Led by Prof Brian Goh, the aim of the Database Registry is to build a sustainable data management team to support the departments in Surgery ACP in database management. The mission is to be the “go-to-place” in Surgery ACP for data management to facilitate research and clinical audit: defined as collection, extraction, analysis, centralization, maintenance and auditing. The Database Registry provides expertise to assist surgical departments to integrate their existing databases into RedCap. The database registry uses the RedCap application which is a safe and secure online platform enabling departments to maintain their databases in compliance with the current Personal Data Protection Act and human Biomedical Ressearch Act.


RedCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. This easy-to-use web application can be used to collect virtually any type of data and is designed to support online and offline electronic data capture for research studies and operations.

This centralized platform for data collection is beneficial in the following:

  1. Standardised platform for collaboration and comparison between different databases
  2. Facilitate administration, refinement and improvement of all databases easily
  3. Maximise expertise by pooling limited resources

With RedCap, researchers can easily create web-based databases and data capture forms with special features such as real-time data entry validation and export the collected data for analysis, without the need for in-depth technical knowledge.

For more information about RedCap, please click here.

Collaboration with HSRU and databases supported

The Database Registry has been collaborating with SGH Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), to manage pre-existing surgical databases, to construct new databases and to analyse surgical data stored within RedCap. Currently, these are the 30 databases from 7 departments that are supported.


List of databases supported:

Department/ SDDCInstitutionDatabase(s)
Colorectal SurgerySGHSingapore Polyposis Registry
Head & Neck SDDCSingHealthHead & Neck Cancer
Hepatopancreatobiliary and Transplant Surgery ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​SGH ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Liver Cancer
Distal Pancreatectomy
Colorectal Liver metatases
Laparoscopic Liver Resection
Liver Resection
Total Pancreatectomy
Upper GI / Bariatric Surgery ​ ​ ​SGH ​ ​ ​Gastric Cancer
Bariatric Surgery
Obstetrics & Gynaecology ​ ​ ​SGH ​ ​ ​Post-Partum Outcomes
Gynae Oncology
Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery ​ ​ ​  ​ ​ ​Burns
Head and Neck Flaps Reconstruction
Breast Reconstruction
Lower Limb Reconstruction
Vascular Surgery ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ SGH ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​PVI
Endo AAA
Open AAA
Supra-Inguinal Bypass
Infra-Inguinal Bypass
Carotid Endarterectomy
Deep Vein
Lower Limb Amputation

Research Outcomes from RedCap

Over the years, the Database Registry has seen achievements in publications and conferences from RedCap. There has been a total of over 100 publications and 15 conferences arising from the efforts from the Database Registry, HSRU and principal investigators from the respective departments.