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Census FAQs

What is the AUA Annual Census?

The AUA Annual Census is a comprehensive, specialty representative survey distributed annually to AUA members. It 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 recognizes the need for a definitive source of data about the urology community. The survey provides comprehensive information about practice settings; experiences with electronic health reporting (EHR) system adoption and quality reporting; adherence to clinical guidelines; and provider demographics, education, and training.

What privacy measures are taken to secure the data?

Data is stored on a secure server. No identifiable, individual-level data are reported or shared with third parties.

How will the Census data be used?

AUA reports the Census results in 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 are Census data reported?

The AUA only reports aggregate-level data to ensure privacy and confidentiality.

When does the AUA Annual Census begin and end each year?

The Census is launched at every AUA Annual Meeting in the spring and participation continues online until the end of September. Census data are then analyzed, and findings are reported and published prior to the Annual Meeting of the following year.

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