Kalpesh Thakkar, MD, MSCR from the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA discusses this Original Article, “Quality indicators for pediatric colonoscopy: results from a multicenter consortium.”
The focus of our study was to investigate key characteristics and quality indicators associated with the current practice of colonoscopy in children.
Quality measures specific to children undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopy have not been defined and we believe that current pediatric endoscopic practice suffers from large variability in performance. Due to significant differences in indications for gastrointestinal endoscopy, current quality measures specific to adult patients do not directly apply to children.
Our central registry revealed significant variations, inconsistent documentation, and poor performance in quality measures for pediatric colonoscopy. Our study identifies areas for quality improvement and underscores the need for developing quality guidelines specific to pediatric endoscopy.
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