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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006
Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Methods: The Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer published specific recommendations to improve the quality of colonoscopy, highlighting key indicators for CQI. An obstacle to measuring quality has been the absence of a standardized reporting system for colonoscopy. The Quality Assurance Task Group of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, which includes endoscopists and primary care providers, reviewed each quality indicator, updated the literature review for each topic, and developed consensus around the optimal method of endoscopic reporting which would capture the quality indicator.
Results: The standardized colonoscopy reporting and data system (CO-RADS) includes elements on patient demographics and history, assessment of patient risk, procedure indications, technical aspects of the examination, colonoscopic findings, complications, and follow-up plan. It provides endoscopists with a tool for reporting which should facilitate the monitoring of quality and it provides referring physicians a colonoscopy report that uses standard terms and follow-up recommendations.
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