Longitudinal Assessment of Colonoscopy Quality Indicators: A Report From the Gastroenterology Practice Management Group (GPMG)

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BACKGROUND: There is increasing demand for colonoscopy quality measures for procedures performed in ambulatory surgery centers. Benchmarks such as adenoma detection rate (ADR) are traditionally reported as static, one-dimensional point estimates at a provider or practice level.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate 6-year variability of ADRs for 370 gastroenterologists from across the nation.

DESIGN: Observational cross-sectional analysis.

SETTING:Collaborative quality metrics database from 2007 to 2012.

PATIENTS:Patients who underwent colonoscopies in ambulatory surgery centers.


MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: The number of colonoscopies with an adenomatous polyp divided by the total number of colonoscopies (ADR-T), inclusive of indication and patient's sex.

RESULTS: Data from 368,157 colonoscopies were included for analysis from 11 practices. Three practice sites (5, 8, and 10) were significantly above and 2 sites (3, 7) were significantly below mean ADR-T, with a 95% confidence interval (CI). High-performing sites had 9.0% higher ADR-T than sites belonging to the lowest quartile (P < .001). The mean ADR-T remained stable for 9 of 11 sites. Regression analysis showed that the 2 practice sites where ADR-T varied had significant improvements in ADR-T during the 6-year period. For each, mean ADR-T improved an average of 0.5% per quarter for site 2 (P = .001) and site 3 (P = .021), which were average and low performers, respectively.

LIMITATIONS: Summary-level data, which does not allow cross-reference of variables at an individual level.

CONCLUSION: We found performance disparities among practice sites remaining relatively consistent over a 6-year period. The ability of certain sites to sustain their high-performance over 6 years suggests that further research is needed to identify key organizational processes and physician incentives that improve the quality of colonoscopy.


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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy


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