Endoscopy 2016; 48(03): 291-294
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-100186
Position statement
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Requirements and standards facilitating quality improvement for reporting systems in gastrointestinal endoscopy: European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Position Statement

Michael Bretthauer
1  Department of Health Management and Health Economy and KG Jebsen Centre for Colorectal Cancer, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
2  Department of Transplantation Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
,
Lars Aabakken
2  Department of Transplantation Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
,
Evelien Dekker
3  Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
,
Michal F. Kaminski
1  Department of Health Management and Health Economy and KG Jebsen Centre for Colorectal Cancer, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
4  Department of Gastroenterological Oncology, The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology, and Medical Center for Postgraduate Education, Warsaw, Poland
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Thomas Rösch
5  Department of Interdisciplinary Endoscopy, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
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Rolf Hultcrantz
6  Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
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Stepan Suchanek
7  Department of Internal Medicine, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Military University Hospital Prague, Czech Republic
,
Rodrigo Jover
8  Unidad de Gastroenterologia, Hospital General Universitario de Alicante, Alicante, Spain
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Ernst J. Kuipers
9  Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Raf Bisschops
10  Gastroenterology Department, University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
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Cristiano Spada
11  Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Catholic University, Rome, Italy
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Roland Valori
12  Department of Gastroenterology, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
,
Dirk Domagk
13  Department of Internal Medicine, Joseph’s Hospital, Warendorf, Germany
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Colin Rees
14  Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, UK
15  School of Medicine, Durham University, Durham, UK
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Matthew D. Rutter
14  Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, UK
15  School of Medicine, Durham University, Durham, UK
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on behalf of the ESGE Quality Improvement Committee› Author Affiliations
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Publication History

Publication Date:
03 February 2016 (online)

To develop standards for high quality in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) has established the ESGE Quality Improvement Committee. A prerequisite for quality assurance and improvement for all GI endoscopy procedures is state-of-the-art integrated digital reporting systems for standardized documentation of the procedures. The current paper describes the ESGE’s viewpoints on the requirements for high-quality endoscopy reporting systems in GI endoscopy.

Recommendations

1 Endoscopy reporting systems must be electronic.

2 Endoscopy reporting systems should be integrated into hospitals’ patient record systems.

3 Endoscopy reporting systems should include patient identifiers to facilitate data linkage to other data sources.

4 Endoscopy reporting systems shall restrict the use of free-text entry to a minimum, and be based mainly on structured data entry.

5 Separate entry of data for quality or research purposes is discouraged. Automatic data transfer for quality and research purposes must be facilitated.

6 Double entry of data by the endoscopist or associate personnel is discouraged. Available data from outside sources (administrative or medical) must be made available automatically.

7 Endoscopy reporting systems shall facilitate the inclusion of information on histopathology of detected lesions, patient satisfaction, adverse events, and surveillance recommendations.

8 Endoscopy reporting systems must facilitate easy data retrieval at any time in a universally compatible format.

9 Endoscopy reporting systems must include data fields for key performance indicators as defined by quality improvement committees.

10 Endoscopy reporting systems must facilitate changes in indicators and data entry fields as required by professional organizations.