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Post-colonoscopy colorectal cancer in Alberta

Colonoscopies are often performed to screen and survey for colorectal cancers. There are many measures of quality in the provision of colonoscopy services. One of these is interval or missed cancer rates. Interval cancers are those not detected (potentially missed) after a screening colonoscopy or that develop within the recommended time interval between colonoscopies.

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  • Choosing Wisely
  • Gastroenterology

Do not repeat colorectal cancer screening (by any method) for 10 years after a high-quality colonoscopy is negative in average-risk individuals.

Choosing Wisely

Background & Aim

Colonoscopies are often performed to screen and survey for colorectal cancers.  There are many measures of quality in the provision of colonoscopy services.  One of these is interval or missed cancer rates.  Interval cancers are those not detected (potentially missed) after a screening colonoscopy or that develop within the recommended time interval between colonoscopies.

By undertaking this project PLP aims:

  • To provide endoscopy units or physicians who perform colonoscopy with comparative provincial, zonal, facility and/or individual (depending on overall numbers and local factors) interval colorectal cancer rates, as a reflection of colonoscopy quality and meeting standards of care
  • To determine if colonoscopy quality and interval cancer rates are acceptable in Alberta

 

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How Will You Protect My Data?

The report was generated by the Physician Learning Program (PLP) using Alberta Health Services (AHS) datasets (National Ambulatory Care Repository, Discharge Abstract Database). Confidentiality was of the utmost importance; this data is strictly for the participating physicians use and reflection. PLP Data reports on individual participating physicians are never shared with AHS, department heads, regulatory bodies or other stakeholders.

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