The AUA Annual Census
Collecting Meaningful Data to Bridge Knowledge Gaps in Urology
The AUA Annual Census
The AUA launched its first annual, specialty-wide Census in May 2014. This critical survey will provide clinicians, policymakers, payers and patients with important information about urologic providers' geographic distribution, demographic characteristics, education and training and patterns of urology practice, It will also identify cross-sectional and longitudinal variations across the specialty nationwide.
Census Question Organization
The census modules consist of core and supplemental questions.
Core questions target the entire urology specialty and will be asked annually to assess cross-sectional and longitudinal patterns. Core questions may include practicing status, clinical practice setting, primary and secondary subspecialties, patient encounters, employment status and type of employers.
Supplemental questions focus on emerging issues and are only asked in a single year and/or distributed to a subset of participants, either by randomized or targeted selection. Supplementary questions may be a continuation of core questions or specific to a targeted group of participants, such as urologists who practice prostate cancer care in a particular state or urologists who provide a specific type of patient care (see example below).
AUA Annual Census
AUA Census Timeline
AUA's Annual Census launches annually at the AUA Annual Meeting in the spring and remains available online through September. Participants are incentivized with multiple promotions, such as prize drawings. Analysis begins after the census closes, and annual publication, The State of Urologic Workforce and Practice is published the following spring. This process will repeat annually.
How Census Data Will Be Used
The AUA will release The State of the Urology Workforce and Practice in the United States annually, to inform the urology community, patients, policymakers and healthcare system and the general public about urology workforce and practice. De-identified, census-based Public Use Micro Data Sets are available to clinicians, health services and policy researchers, residents, medical students, and industry groups for research and analysis.
Incentives for Participating in Census
The State of the Urology Workforce and Practice in the United States will be available online free of charge to all AUA members and the general public. Most importantly, the AUA will use census data to advocate on behalf of the specialty.
Identifiable information collected from the AUA annual census will be stored in a secured area and will not be reported or shared with any third party., although de-identified, aggregated data may be shared to advance urologic research.
The AUA Annual Census creates an exciting opportunity to collect and disseminate representative data on the entire urologic landscape, and professional participation presents an opportunity for every member in the urology community to transform urologic care. Policymakers, payers, clinicians, students and industry groups, as well as other professional organizations can all find their places in this effort and enhance their urologic presence nationally and globally.
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What is the AUA Annual Census?
The AUA Annual Census is a comprehensive, specialty representative survey distributed annually to AUA members.
The AUA Census seeks to explore the profession of urology from multiple angles in one systematically designed survey by collecting data from practicing urologists and other providers worldwide.
Why do we need an Annual Census?
AUA launched an annual Census this year because it recognizes the need for a definitive source of data about the urology community. The survey will provide comprehensive information about practice settings; experiences with EMR adoption and quality reporting; adherence to clinical guidelines; and provider demographics, education, and training.
What privacy measures are taken to secure the data?
Data will be stored on a secure server. No identifiable, individual-level data will be reported or shared with third parties.
How will the Census data be used?
AUA will report the Census results in The State of the Urology Workforce and Practice in the United States, an annual publication, to inform policymakers, the urology community, patients, payers, pharmaceutical and device companies and the general public about urology practice trends. Clinicians, researchers, residents, medical students, and industry groups will be able to use the data for research and analysis. AUA will also use the results to inform health policy leaders about the realities of practicing urology in the current healthcare environment.
How will Census data be reported?
The AUA will report aggregate-level data to ensure privacy and confidentiality.
When does the AUA Annual Census begin and end each year?
The Census is launched at the AUA Annual Meeting in the spring and be available online until the end of September. Census data will then be analyzed, and findings will be reported by the end of the year.
AUA Annual Census 2014
The State of the Urology Workforce and Practice in the United States, 2014 [pdf]
Note: The Annual Census book pdf will be updated regularly. Please check back for the most updated version.
AUA Annual Census 2015
Data Collection – The 2015 AUA Annual Census opened at the 2015 AUA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA and was conducted from May through November.
Data Analysis – Data will be analyzed through the first quarter of 2016.
Data Reporting – The Census report, entitled The State of the Urology Workforce and Practice in the United States, will be released Spring of 2016.
To find out more about the census, contact dataservices@AUAnet.org.
Census Public Use Micro Dataset
The 2014 AUA Census dataset contains more than 100 variables and includes demographic, education, geographic, practice, and occupational information from a sample of 2,204 respondents representing 11,703 practicing urologists in the United States. This dataset is being made available in order to encourage and support research in the area of urology practice and workforce. It is the hope of the AUA that urologic research community and the public find this groundbreaking insight into the state of the urology workforce as a useful aid to meet their research goals. The variables in the dataset correspond to questions from the 2014 AUA Annual Census. A variable list (see link below) and data dictionary with descriptions and frequencies for each variable are included in this data package. The data contained in this dataset can be generalized to the entire population of practicing urologists by using the post stratification weighting variables included in the file. Certain variables have been struck from the data set to protect the privacy of participating urologists. All AUA Annual Census data should be analyzed using analytic software dealing with complex survey samples so as to generate specialty generable results.
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