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Understanding Barrett's columnar lined oesophagus from the patients' perspective: qualitative analysis of semistructured interviews with patients
  1. Helen Griffiths1,
  2. Ruth Davies2
  1. 1Department of Gastroenterology, Hereford Hospitals, Hereford, UK
  2. 2Swansea University, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to Helen Griffiths, Department of Gastroenterology, Hereford Hospitals, Union Walk, Hereford HR1 2ER, UK; helen.griffiths{at}


Objectives To explore patients' views and perspectives on their experience of living with Barrett's columnar lined oesophagus (CLO) and being part of an endoscopic surveillance programme.

Design Qualitative semistructured interviews.

Setting District General Hospital.

Subjects 22 men with diagnosis of Barrett's CLO between the ages of 50 and 70 years.

Results All subjects had received some information about Barrett's CLO and had a heightened awareness of the cancer risk. However, many had misinterpreted or poorly assimilated the information and overall health literacy levels were low. From their stories a ‘Model of Uncertainty’ in Barrett's surveillance was developed as a focus for healthcare professionals to ensure that the service users' perspective is considered in future service development.

Conclusion Patients' assimilation of information should not be assumed by healthcare professionals but rather should be verified for individual patients. The model developed highlights the factors found to influence patients' knowledge and understanding of Barrett's CLO.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the MREC – South Wales and R&D Hereford Hospitals.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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