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Patient satisfaction with family physician colonoscopists.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21209344     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: assessing patient satisfaction after endoscopy with a standardized survey is recommended by gastrointestinal professional societies. The purpose of this study was to assess both patient satisfaction with colonoscopy performed by family physicians and physicians' technical competence in colonoscopy.
METHODS: modified Group Health Association of America 9 surveys were sent to all 230 patients who received a colonoscopy by family physicians at Madigan Army Medical Center from June to December 2007. Responses were graded on a 5-point Likert scale (LS), with a score of ≥ 3 (good to excellent) defined as a favorable response. Procedure reports and medical records were reviewed for all patients, and selected quality indicators were compared with recommended colonoscopy standards.
RESULTS: sixty-nine percent of patients responded: 85 men (54%; mean age ± SD, 54.9 ± 5.6 years) and 73 women (46%; mean age ± SD, 54.3 ± 4.3 years). The overall rating of the visit received a favorable response rate of 98% (average LS rating, 4.6). Nearly all patients said they would have the procedure repeated by the same physician (98%) and at the same facility (98%). The overall reach-the-cecum rate was 100%. Adenomas were detected in 22% of women and 36% of men. All polyps measuring <2 cm were removed, and 99% of the procedures had scope withdrawal times of at least 6 minutes. Hemostasis techniques were used for 2 patients after polypectomy. There were no perforations.
CONCLUSION: family physicians can perform colonoscopy with a high level of accuracy, safety, and patient satisfaction.
Upneet K Nijjar; John A Edwards; Matthew W Short
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1557-2625     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Board Fam Med     Publication Date:    2011 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-06     Completed Date:  2011-05-26     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256526     Medline TA:  J Am Board Fam Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence / standards,  statistics & numerical data*
Colonoscopy / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Family Practice / statistics & numerical data*
Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis,  psychology*,  surgery
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
Physicians, Family / statistics & numerical data*
Quality Improvement
Quality of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
United States

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