The AUA Annual Census: Collecting Meaningful Data to Bridge Knowledge Gaps in Urology
The AUA Annual Census
First launched in May 2014, the AUA Census provides clinicians, policymakers, payers and patients with important information about urologic providers' geographic distribution, demographic characteristics, education and training and patterns of urology practice, It also identifies 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 assessing cross-sectional and longitudinal patterns. Core questions 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
The Census launches annually at every 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. Its annual publication, The State of Urologic Workforce and Practice, is published the following spring.
How Census Data Will Be Used
Results from the Census data are released 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-datasets are available to clinicians, health services and policy researchers, residents, medical students, and industry groups for research and analysis.
Incentives for Participating in Census
Results from the Census data are available online free of charge to all AUA members and the general public. Notably, the AUA will use census data to advocate on behalf of the specialty.
Identifiable information collected from the Census is stored in a secured area and is not reported or shared with any third party, although de-identified, aggregated data may be shared to advance urologic research.
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