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NCDB PUF application period will be open through Aug. 6 for diagnosis years 2004-2015

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The National Cancer Database (NCDB) is pleased to announce that the Participant User File (PUF) application will be open July 9 through Aug. 6. The NCDB will accept applications for site-specific files, which include cases diagnosed between 2004 and 2015. The 2016 PUF, which will include 2004-2016 diagnosis years, will be available for request during the next application period, January 2019.

The NCDB PUF is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant data file containing cases submitted to the Commission on Cancer's (CoC) NCDB and complies with the terms of the Business Associate Agreement between the American College of Surgeons and cancer programs accredited by the CoC; i.e., no patients or facilities can be identified. The PUF is designed to provide investigators at CoC-accredited cancer programs with a data resource they can use to review and advance the quality of care delivered to cancer patients through analyses of cases reported to the NCDB.

For more information, review the PUF Website.

Questions regarding the NCDB PUFs or the RFA process for a PUF may be directed to NCDB technical staff at NCDB_PUF@facs.org. more


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