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Public attitudes toward Barrett's screening

This month's issue of the Digestive Diseases & Sciences evaluates attitudes on screening for Barrett's esophagus in the community.

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Screening for Barrett’s esophagus and adenocarcinoma is controversial, but interest remains in finding the optimal method.

Attitudes on screening within the community are unknown.

Dr Milli Gupta and colleagues assessed these attitudes via a survey.

A mixed-mode survey was conducted in adults >50 years to assess awareness regarding Barrett’s esophagus, willingness to participate in screening, and preferences regarding method of screening.

Methods evaluated were sedated endoscopy, unsedated transnasal endoscopy, and video capsule.
After reading on Barrett’s, 72% were interested in screening
Digestive Diseases & Sciences

The researchers reported that a total of 33% of adults responded, and 26% of responders knew of Barrett’s esophagus at baseline.

The team observed that after reading the information on Barrett’s esophagus, 72% were interested in screening.

A history of undergoing screening tests and GI symptoms were predictive of interest.

The team noted that unsedated techniques were preferred by 64%.

Dr Gupta's team concludes, "The majority of adults were willing to undergo screening for Barrett’s esophagus/adenocarcinoma, with a preference for unsedated techniques."

Dig Dis Sci 2014: 59(8): 1831-1850
21 August 2014

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