Will Screening Colonoscopy Disappear and Transform Gastroenterology Practice? Threats to Clinical Practice and Recommendations to Reduce Their Impact: Report of a Consensus Conference Conducted by the AGA Institute Future Trends Committee
Clinical Practice and Economics Committee, AGA Institute National Office, c/o Membership Department, 4930 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA. Gastroenterology
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11/2006; 131(4):1287-312. DOI: 10.1053/j.gastro.2006.08.017
The AGA Institute Future Trends Committee (FTC) developed this report based on a consensus conference it convened on April 1-2, 2006, in Washington, DC. The report was prepared for the FTC by Carol Regueiro, MD, a medical writer under contract to the AGA Institute, and Michael Stolar, PhD, staff liaison to the FTC. It was approved by the FTC on July 12, 2006, and accepted by the AGA Institute Governing Board on July 22, 2006. This report reflects the panel's assessment of information available at the time of the conference. Readers should view this report in the context of data that will continue to accumulate and facts that may change after its creation.
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ABSTRACT: The role of nurses practicing gastroenterology is discussed. The role of nurses performing endoscopy is a charged issue because so much of current GI training, practice, and economics are dependent on providing endoscopic services. Studies revealed that nurses performed endoscopy admirably and had results comparable to those of the physicians in terms of depth of insertions, findings, visualization, patient discomfort, patient anxiety, patient satisfaction, biopsy rates. In some situations nurses performed better than physicians, such as in one upper endoscopy wherein nurses provided more adequate views of upper GI tract. Nurses demonstrated a degree of competence similar to that of physicians in the performance of endoscopic procedures.
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