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Does open access endoscopy close the door to an adequately informed patient?
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PMID:  10922093     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The use of open access endoscopy is increasing. Its effect on the adequacy of patient informed consent, procedure acceptance and the impact on subsequent communication/transfer of procedure results to the patient have not been evaluated. The aim of our study was to compare the extent of preknowledge of procedures and test explanation, patient medical complexity, information transfer and overall patient satisfaction between a patient group referred for outpatient open access endoscopy versus a patient group from a gastrointestinal (GI) subspecialty clinic. METHODS: Information was obtained from all patients presenting for outpatient upper and lower endoscopy by using a 1-page questionnaire. Patients from the two groups who had an outpatient upper/lower endoscopic procedure were contacted by phone after the procedure to obtain information with a standardized questionnaire. RESULTS: The open access patients reported receiving significantly less information to help them identify the procedure (p < 0.01) and less explanation concerning the nature of the procedure than the group of patients referred from the subspecialty clinic (p < 0.005). There was no difference between the two groups in satisfaction scores for examinations performed under conscious sedation. For flexible sigmoidoscopy without sedation, however, the GI clinic patient group were more satisfied with their procedure. The majority of patients, regardless of access, were more likely to receive endoscopic results from a gastroenterologist than the referring physician. Furthermore, the patients in the GI clinic group who underwent colonoscopy felt significantly better at follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Patients undergoing open access procedures are less likely to be properly informed about their endoscopic procedure. Our results indicate that with open access endoscopy, a defined mechanism needs to be in place for communication of endoscopic results to the patient.
D M Staff; K Saeian; F Rochling; S Narayanan; M Kern; R Shaker; W J Hogan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastrointestinal endoscopy     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0016-5107     ISO Abbreviation:  Gastrointest. Endosc.     Publication Date:  2000 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-09-27     Completed Date:  2000-09-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0010505     Medline TA:  Gastrointest Endosc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  212-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care
Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal / methods*,  utilization
Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis
Health Care Surveys
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Services Accessibility
Informed Consent*
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Referral and Consultation / organization & administration*
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United States

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