Dr Daniel Jonas and colleagues from New Jersey, USA recruited 110 patients from a university endoscopy center scheduled to undergo screening colonoscopy.
Participants completed a time diary for the screening colonoscopy process to account for time spent in preparation, travel, waiting, colonoscopy, and recovery.
|Median time from the completion of the colonoscopy until returning to routine activities was 18 hours|
|The American Journal of Gastroenterology|
About 57% were female, 85% were white Caucasian, and 90% were insured.
Patients spent a median of about 21 hour in the screening colonoscopy process for preparation, travel, waiting, colonoscopy, and onsite recovery.
The patients invested a median of 17 hours in preparation, 1 hour traveling and waiting, 12 minutes for sedation, and 20 minutes for colonoscopy.
Median time spent at the endoscopy center was 3 hours.
The research team observed that the median onsite recovery time was 47 minutes.
The team found median time from the completion of the colonoscopy procedure until returning to routine activities was 18 hours.
The research team noted that median time from the completion of the colonoscopy procedure until feeling completely back to normal was 20 hours.
Patient time requirements were sensitive to having a history of depression, type of person accompanying the patient, income, and employment status.
Dr Jonas' team concluded, "Screening colonoscopy requires a substantial commitment of time."
"A small portion of that time is spent at the endoscopy center or having the colonoscopy."
"The majority of that time is spent in preparation and recovery."
"Time is a potential barrier to screening, but advances in preparation and sedation practices could reduce the time required for patients."