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European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - Establishing the key unanswered research questions within gastrointestinal endoscopy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Colin Rees, Professor Matt Rutter


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© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart, New York. Background and study aim: Gastrointestinal endoscopy is a rapidly evolving research field. The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) plays a key role in shaping opinion and endoscopy activity throughout Europe and further afield. Establishing key unanswered questions within the field of endoscopy and prioritizing those that are important enables researchers and funders to appropriately allocate resources. Methods: Over 2 years, the ESGE Research Committee gathered information on research priorities and refined them through a modified Delphi approach. Consultations were held with the ESGE Governing Board and Quality Improvement Committee to identify important unanswered questions. Research workshops were held at the 21st United European Gastroenterology Week. Research questions were refined by the ESGE Research Committee and Governing Board, compiled into an online survey, and distributed to all ESGE members, who were invited to rank each question by priority. Results: The final questionnaire yielded 291 responses from over 60 countries. The three countries with the highest response rates were Spain, Italy, and United Kingdom. Most responders were from teaching hospitals (62%) and were specialist endoscopists (51%). Responses were analyzed with weighted rankings, resulting in prioritization of 26 key unanswered questions. The top ranked generic questions were: 1) How do we define the correct surveillance interval following endoscopic diagnosis? 2) How do we correctly utilize advanced endoscopic imaging? 3) What are the best markers of endoscopy quality? Conclusion: Following this comprehensive process, the ESGE has identified and ranked the key unanswered questions within the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy. Researchers, funders, and journals should prioritize studies that seek to answer these important questions.

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Author(s): Rees CJ, Ngu WS, Regula J, Bisschops R, Saftoiu A, Dekker E, Gralnek I, Ciocirlan M, Dinis-Ribeiro M, Jover R, Meisner S, Spada C, Hassan C, Valori R, Hucl T, Le Moine O, Domagk D, Kaminski MF, Bretthauer M, Rutter MD, Aabakken L, Ponchon T, Fockens P, Siersema PD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Endoscopy

Year: 2016

Volume: 48

Issue: 10

Pages: 884-891

Print publication date: 01/10/2016

Online publication date: 02/08/2016

Acceptance date: 15/03/2016

ISSN (print): 0013-726X

ISSN (electronic): 1438-8812

Publisher: Georg Thieme Verlag


DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-110398

PubMed id: 27485483


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