CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Endosc Int Open 2021; 09(07): E1171-E1177
DOI: 10.1055/a-1482-7769
Original article

Quality of reporting in endoscopic ultrasound: Results of an international multicenter survey (the QUOREUS study)

Pietro Fusaroli
1  Gastroenterology Unit, Hospital of Imola, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences – DIMEC, University of Bologna, Italy
,
Mohamad Eloubeidi
2  Anniston digestive health, Anniston, Alabama, United States
,
Claudio Calvanese
1  Gastroenterology Unit, Hospital of Imola, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences – DIMEC, University of Bologna, Italy
,
Christoph Dietrich
3  Department of Internal Medicine 2, Caritas Krankenhaus, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
,
Christian Jenssen
4  Department of Internal Medicine, Krankenhaus Märkisch Oderland Strausberg/Wriezen; Brandenburg Institute of Clinical Ultrasound, Medical University Brandenburg, Neuruppin, Germany
,
Adrian Saftoiu
5  Department of Gastroenterology, Research Center of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Craiova, Romania
,
Claudio De Angelis
6  Department of General and Specialist Medicine, Gastroenterologia-U, Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Turin, Italy
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Shyam Varadarajulu
7  Center for Interventional Endoscopy, AdventHealth Orlando, Orlando, Florida, USA.
,
Bertrand Napoleon
8  Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Hopital Privé J Mermoz Ramsay Générale de Santé, Lyon, France
,
Andrea Lisotti
1  Gastroenterology Unit, Hospital of Imola, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences – DIMEC, University of Bologna, Italy
,
the QUOREUS study group
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Abstract

Background and study aims The endoscopic report has a key role in quality improvement for gastrointestinal endoscopy. High quality standards have been set by the endoscopic societies in this field. Unlike other digestive endoscopy procedures, the quality of reporting in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has not been thoroughly evaluated and a reference standard is lacking.

Methods We performed an international online survey concerning the attitudes of endosonographers towards EUS reports in order to understand the needs for standardization and quality improvement. Endosonographers from different countries and institutional setting, with varying case volume and experience were invited to take part to complete a structured questionnaire.

Results We collected replies from 171 endosonographers. Overall analysis of results according to case volume, experience and working environment of respondents (academic, public hospital, private) are provided. In brief, everyone agreed on the need for standardization of EUS reporting. The use of minimal standard terminology and a structured tree with mandatory items was considered of primary importance. Image documentation was also deemed fundamental in complementing EUS reports both for patient documentation and research purposes. A strong demand for connection and consultation among endosonographers for clinical and training needs was also found. In this respect, a formal expert consultation network was advocated in order to improve the quality of reporting in EUS.

Conclusions Our survey showed a strong agreement among endosonographers who expressed the need for a standardization in order to improve the report and, as a consequence, the quality of EUS.

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Publication History

Received: 16 January 2021

Accepted: 18 March 2021

Publication Date:
21 June 2021 (online)

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