Technical performance of colonoscopy -- multicenter study in university and non-university centers of Romania.

Chirurgia (Bucharest, Romania : 1990)

PubMedID: 23464775

Sporea I, Popescu A, Diculescu M, Stoica V, Constantinescu G, Prelipcean CC, Seicean A, Pascu O, Jinga M, Tudor N, Voiosu R, Dobru D, Saftoiu A, Valean S, Miutescu E, Bancu L, Bataga S, Dumitrascu D, Brisc C, Fratila O, Ratiu I, Pienar L, Sirli R, Miutescu B. Technical performance of colonoscopy -- multicenter study in university and non-university centers of Romania. Chirurgia (Bucur). 2013;108(1):86-90.
UNLABELLED
The aim of the paper was to evaluate the national availability of colonoscopy and the quality parameters of this procedure in our country.

MATERIAL AND METHOD
During a 6 months period (01.07- 31.12.2009), we performed a prospective multicenter study in which 76 centers were invited to respond to a questionnaire regarding colonoscopy, 39 centers agreeing to participate. We assessed: the number of colonoscopies, the number of total colonoscopies and the causes of incomplete colonoscopies.

RESULTS
During the study period, 16,083 colonoscopies were performed, 12,294 (76.4%) of them total colonoscopies. In 1,191 cases, stenosis was the cause of incomplete colonoscopy. If we consider this an objective reason for an incomplete colonoscopy, there were 12,294 total colonoscopies (82.4%). Comparing university centers with non-university ones, the proportion of total colonoscopies was 10,400/12,475 (83.4%) vs. 1,894/2,417 (78.4%) (p less then 0.0001). However, comparing the present study with previous ones, performed in 2003 and 2007, the proportion of total colonoscopies increased from 70.5% to 76.9% and 82.4% respectively (2003 vs. 2007 p less then 0.0001; 2007 vs. 2009 p less then 0.0001), while the quality difference between university and non-university hospitals persisted.

CONCLUSIONS
the quality of colonoscopy in Romania increased in the last 5 years, while the quality difference between university and non-university hospitals persisted.