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Standardising assessment and documentation of pouchoscopy


Background/aims Variation in quality of reporting on endoscopic procedures is a common clinical problem. Findings are not documented in a standardised manner and there is a tendency towards reporting abnormal findings only. This study aimed to review quality of flexible pouchoscopy reports and to develop a standardised reporting template.

Methods Ileo-anal-pouch experts (n=5) compiled a list of items that should be documented at flexible pouchoscopy. Reports were reviewed retrospectively for their completeness compared with the template. The template was then introduced and quality of reports was analysed prospectively.

Results One hundred and twenty-one reports produced between March 2015 and June 2015 were reviewed. Between August 2015 and November 2015, the template was introduced and reports were analysed. There was significant improvement in documentation of anus and perianal area (before template (B) 12% to after template (A) 51%, p<0.0001), rectal cuff (B: 55% to A: 75%, p=0.01), pouch-anal anastomosis (B: 37% to A: 67%, p=0.0002) and pouch inlet (B: 13% to A: 41%, p<0.0001). Pouch body was described in high percentage regardless of introduction of the template (B: 98% to A: 97%, p=0.61).

Conclusions Documentation of pouchoscopy findings was suboptimal and introduction of a template improved documentation of flexible pouchoscopy significantly.

  • pouchoscopy
  • ileoanal pouch
  • pouchitis

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