NICOR: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research


Datasets and user guides

How the data are collected

For a MINAP record to be saved, it must contain the following four elements:

Date and time of admission
Hospital code
Hospital number
Admission diagnosis

Data completness

In MINAP the data completeness is monitored on 20 key fields for patients with a discharge diagnosis of ACS (troponin positive)/nSTEMI and the records are selected based on the specific criteria.

Data quality

The MINAP data application contains data validation processes. These processes include range and consistency checks and also mechanisms to identify and remove duplicate records. we also provide clinical and technical support through dedicated helpdesks.

Data reliability

All hospitals participating in MINAP are also required to perform an annual data validation study to assess the agreement of data held on the NICOR servers. Hospitals are required to re-enter data from the patient case notes in 20 key fields (different fields to the data completeness fields although with some overlap) in 20 randomly selected records with discharge diagnosis of nSTEMI using the online data validation tool. Agreement between the original and re-entered data is assessed for each variable and each record. Reports showing the agreement of each variable compared to national aggregate data are provided to hospitals to allow them to identify areas for improvement.

Data collection forms
Supporting documents


MINAP Team produces the newsletters, often with contribution from the participating hospitals and ambulance trusts. To be added to the distribution list please email minap-nicor [at] ucl.ac.uk

pdf-large MINAP issue 16 - February 2014 (pdf); appendix 1
pdf-large MINAP Issue 15 - April 2013 (pdf); appendix 1, 2, 3
pdf-large MINAP Issue 14 - May 2012 (pdf); appendix 1, 2, 3