Standardized reporting systems for diagnostic and screening tests facilitate quality improvement programs and clear communication among health care providers.
Although colonoscopy is commonly used for screening, diagnosis, and therapy, no standardized reporting system for this procedure currently exists.
|The Task Group developed consensus-based terminology for reporting|
Dr David Lieberman and colleagues from Oregon on the The Quality Assurance Task Group of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable systematically reviewed quality indicators for colonoscopy.
The Task Group included experts in several disciplines, including gastroenterology, primary care, diagnostic imaging, and health care delivery.
The team developed a reporting and data system for colonoscopy.
The reporting system was based on continuous quality improvement indicators.
The team used quality indicators were recommended by the Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer.
The team then developed consensus-based terminology for reporting, and data systems to capture these data elements.
Dr Lieberman's group concluded, " The standardized colonoscopy reporting and data system provides a tool that can be used for efforts in continuous quality improvement within and across practices that use colonoscopy."