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Brain tumours encompass a complex group of intracranial tumours that mostly affect young adults and children, with a high incidence rate and poor prognosis. It remains impossible to systematically collect data on patients with brain tumours in China and difficult to perform in-depth analysis on the status of brain tumours, medical outcomes or other important medical issues through a multicentre clinical study. This study describes the first nation-wide data platform including the entire spectrum of brain tumour entities, which will allow better management and more efficient application of patient data in China. The National Brain Tumor Registry of China (NBTRC) is a registry of real-word clinical data on brain tumours. It is established and managed by the China National Clinical Research Center for Neurological Diseases and administered by its scientific and executive committees. The 54 participating hospitals of the NBTRC are located in 27 provinces/municipalities, performing more than 40 000 brain tumour surgeries per year. The data consist of in-hospital medical records, images and follow-up information after discharge. Data can be uploaded in three ways: the web portal, remote physical servers and offline software. The data quality control scheme is seven-dimensional. Each participating hospital could focus on a single pathology subtype and public subtypes of brain tumour for which they expect to conduct related multicentre clinical research. The standardised workflow to conduct clinical research is based on the benefit-sharing mechanism. Data collection will be conducted continuously from 1 February 2019 to 31 January 2024. Informed consent will be obtained from all participants. Consent for the adolescents' participation will be also obtained from their guardians via written consent. The results will be published in professional journals, in both Chinese and English. Chinese Clinical Trial Registry (ChiCTR1900021096). © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.


Liwei Zhang, Wang Jia, Nan Ji, Deling Li, Dan Xiao, Guang-Liang Shan, Tao Wang, Xiong Xiao. Construction of the National Brain Tumor Registry of China for better management and more efficient use of data: a protocol. BMJ open. 2021 Jan 17;11(1):e040055

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