Quality in Colonoscopy: Cecal Intubation First, Then What?


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Abstract

In 2002, the U.S. MultiSociety Task Force on Colorectal Cancer proposed multiple quality indicators for use in the continuous quality improvement (CQI) process for colonoscopy. The quality indicators were not prioritized for implementation in clinical practice. This editorial reviews evidence suggesting that after cecal intubation rates, two quality indicators should be the priorities for the CQI process for colonoscopy: (1) measurement of individual endoscopists' adenoma detection rates and (2) recommended intervals for postpolypectomy surveillance colonoscopy.

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