Dr Sabina Beg and colleagues present the first position statement produced by the British Society of Gastroenterology and Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, setting out the minimum expected standards in diagnostic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
The need for this statement has arisen from the recognition that while technical competence can be rapidly acquired, in practice the performance of a high-quality examination is variable, with an unacceptably high rate of failure to diagnose cancer at endoscopy.
|The team describe 38 recommendations to improve diagnostic endoscopy quality|
The team report that the importance of detecting early neoplasia has taken on greater significance in this era of minimally invasive, organ-preserving endoscopic therapy.
Dr Beg's team comments, "In this position statement we describe 38 recommendations to improve diagnostic endoscopy quality."
"Our goal is to emphasize practices that encourage mucosal inspection and lesion recognition, with the aim of optimizing the early diagnosis of upper gastrointestinal disease and improving patient outcomes."