TITLE

IS OPEN ACCESS ENDOSCOPY APPROPRIATE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE 2 WEEK WAIT?

AUTHOR(S)
Veitch, A. M.; Swarbrick, E. T.; Harnden, S. M.
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA33
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Open access gastroscopy has been available in trust to GPs since 1 996. This is restricted to patients greater than 45 years of age. Current guidelines suggest that gastroscopy is unnecessary in the majority of patients under 55 years of age. The majority of open access gastronomy referrals detect no significant pathology. Half were undertaken in patients less than 55 years of age and would not meet current referral criteria. A"test and treat"policy would have been appropriate in these patients.
ACCESSION #
13218941

 

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