Accrediting for screening-related colonoscopy services: What is required of the endoscopist and of the endoscopy service?

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is widely implemented to reduce CRC incidence and related mortality. The impact of screening as well as the balance between screening burden and benefits strongly depends on the quality of colonoscopy. Besides quality, safety of the endoscopic procedure and patient satisfaction are important outcome parameters for a screening program. Therefore the requirements for both CRC screening endoscopy services and endoscopists focus on technical aspects, patient safety, and patient experience. Stringent quality assurance by means of routine monitoring of quality indicators for the performance of endoscopists and endoscopy units is recommended. This allows setting minimum standards, targeted interventions, and enhancement of the overall quality of population screening. This reviews deals with guidelines and quality standards for colorectal cancer screening, with focus on both endoscopist and endoscopy services. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Pages (from-to)487-495
Number of pages9
JournalBest Practice & Research in Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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