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Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2010;13(1):71-5. doi: 10.1053/j.pcsu.2010.01.007.

The Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Datacenter: unique attributes as a research organization.

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  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Over the last 25 years, the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society (CHSS) has evolved from an informal club to a mature organization. A central feature of the CHSS has been dedication to evaluating outcomes of congenital heart surgery across a wide array of clinical diagnoses. These research activities have been orchestrated through the CHSS Datacenter, which has developed a unique organizational structure that has strengths and weaknesses in comparison to other research organizational structures (e.g., prospective randomized trials, registries, etc). This review will highlight the unique attributes of the CHSS Datacenter with emphasis on the Datacenter's strengths and weaknesses in comparison to other organizational structures.

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