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Patient satisfaction with lower gastrointestinal endoscopy: doctors, nurse and nonmedical endoscopists

Maslekar, S.; Hughes, M.; Gardiner, A.; Monson, J. R. T.; Duthie, G. S.; Monson, J. R.


S. Maslekar

M. Hughes

A. Gardiner

J. R. T. Monson

G. S. Duthie

J. R. Monson


Aim Assessment of patient satisfaction with lower gastrointestinal endoscopy (LGE) comprising colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy is gaining increasing importance. We have now trained non healthcare professionals such as nonmedical endoscopists (NMEs) to perform LGE to overcome shortage of trained endoscopists. The aim of this study was to prospectively determine patient satisfaction, factors affecting satisfaction with LGE and to compare with nurses, NME and medical endoscopists, in terms of patient satisfaction. Method Consecutive patients undergoing LGE answered specially developed patient satisfaction questionnaire at discharge and 24 h thereafter. This questionnaire was a modification of m-Group Health Association of America questionnaire. Construct and face validity of questionnaire were tested by an expert group. Demographic and clinical data was prospectively collected. Multivariate regression analysis was performed to determine factors influencing patient satisfaction. Results Some 503 patients were surveyed after LGE. Examinations were performed by nurse (n = 105), doctor (n = 191), or NMEs (n = 155). There were no differences between three groups in terms of completion rates/complications. No differences were detected between endoscopists in patient rating for overall satisfaction (P = 0.6), technical skills (P = 0.58), communication skills (P = 0.61) or interpersonal skills (0.59). Multivariate regression analysis showed that higher preprocedure anxiety, history of pelvic operations/hysterectomy and higher pain scores were associated with adverse patient satisfaction and preprocedure anxiety, history of hysterectomy and female gender were associated with higher pain scores. Conclusion This study has shown that there are no differences in patient satisfaction with LGE performed by nurse, doctor or NME. The most important factor affecting patient satisfaction is degree of discomfort/pain experienced by patient.


Maslekar, S., Hughes, M., Gardiner, A., Monson, J. R. T., & Duthie, G. S. (2010). Patient satisfaction with lower gastrointestinal endoscopy: doctors, nurse and nonmedical endoscopists. Colorectal disease, 12(10), 1033-1038.

Acceptance Date May 16, 2009
Online Publication Date Jul 3, 2009
Publication Date 2010-10
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Colorectal Disease
Electronic ISSN 1463-1318
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 10
Pages 1033-1038
Keywords Patient satisfaction; Nonmedical colonoscopists
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