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International survey of knowledge of indications for EUS.
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PMID:  16377326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The knowledge level for EUS indications among gastroenterologists across different locations and practices is not known. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge of EUS indications among a diverse group of gastroenterologists, both nationally and internationally. METHODS: A web-based survey was designed to assess knowledge of EUS with respect to 4 organ systems: esophagus, gastroduodenum, hepatopancreatobiliary, and colorectum. The survey was distributed by electronic mail (e-mail) to members of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. RESULTS: The survey was distributed to 3848 physicians, of whom 2848 had an active e-mail address. There were 323 respondents (11.3%), of whom 210 were U.S. members and 113 international. Overall, the mean score for the different organ systems for all respondents was highest for gastroduodenum (93% correct) and lowest for colorectum (71%) compared with esophagus (79%) and hepatopancreatobiliary (83%) systems. The mean total score was higher for U.S. respondents (84% correct) compared with international respondents (79%, p < 0.0001). Endosonographers fared better than those who were not endosonographers (85% vs. 81%, p = 0.0002). CONCLUSIONS: Knowledge levels of colorectal applications of EUS are poorest among the 4 organ systems studied. Future educational initiatives should focus on applications of EUS in this category. Studies are required to assess the impact of this education on the appropriateness of EUS referral patterns.
Tony E Yusuf; Gavin C Harewood; Jonathan E Clain; Michael J Levy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastrointestinal endoscopy     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0016-5107     ISO Abbreviation:  Gastrointest. Endosc.     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-26     Completed Date:  2006-04-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0010505     Medline TA:  Gastrointest Endosc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bile Ducts
Data Collection
Electronic Mail
Gastroenterology* / education
Middle Aged

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