We used Healthcare Common Procedures Coding System (HCPCS) codes and International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnosis codes to identify colonoscopies
, other relevant procedures, and relevant symptoms and comorbidities from Carrier, Outpatient, and Inpatient files (see Technical Appendix).
ADR is an important quality indicator of effective colonoscopies
. Our results confirmed an easy insertion and basic examination performance of the PQL scope in patients with difficult colons.
71 percent in those with nonadvanced adenomas who had one or more subsequent colonoscopies
, and 0.31 percent in the people with no adenomas removed during the index procedure.
were performed at a single academic medical center by 21 experienced, board-certified gastroenterologists over 22 months of data collection.
30-40% of the patients have relapses of colorectal carcinoma after curative resection, and colonoscopies
are conducted for the purpose of monitoring and detection of relapse at an early stage.
We categorized all colonoscopies
into one of four hierarchical groups of procedural complexity by identifying procedures performed during the colonoscopies
using OHIP fee codes that were billed on the same patient and service date as the colonoscopy.
Endoscopy reports and electronic medical records of all the patients who underwent colonoscopies
from March, 2012, to August, 2012, were reviewed.
"The simulation results indicated that [the hybrid strategy] required 37% fewer colonoscopies
than [colonoscopy alone], while delivering only slightly inferior health benefits," the investigators said.
Medicare data reveal that in Australia in the year ending June 2011, there were about 500,000 colonoscopies
performed (1) (almost one per minute for every day of the year).
"With colonoscopy, for most people it's really prevention," said Wu, who has done upwards of 1,000 colonoscopies
per year in his nearly 20 years of practice.
Doctors at the Clinic found the new procedure worked as well as the standard liquid laxative taken for virtual colonoscopies
. (But, the four-pill procedure cannot be used for standard colonoscopies
.) The aim is to make people more likely to get screened for colorectal cancer, said C.