Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is widely implemented to reduce CRC incidence and related mortality. The impact of screening as well as the balance between screening burden and benefits strongly depends on the quality of colonoscopy. Besides quality, safety of the endoscopic procedure and patient satisfaction are important outcome parameters for a screening program. Therefore the requirements for both CRC screening endoscopy services and endoscopists focus on technical aspects, patient safety, and patient experience. Stringent quality assurance by means of routine monitoring of quality indicators for the performance of endoscopists and endoscopy units is recommended. This allows setting minimum standards, targeted interventions, and enhancement of the overall quality of population screening. This reviews deals with guidelines and quality standards for colorectal cancer screening, with focus on both endoscopist and endoscopy services.

Accreditation, Colonoscopy, Colorectal cancer, Endoscopy, Population screening, Quality assurance
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bpg.2016.04.008, hdl.handle.net/1765/87524
Best Practice and Research in Clinical Gastroenterology
Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Wieten, E, Spaander, M.C.W, & Kuipers, E.J. (2016). Accrediting for screening-related colonoscopy services. Best Practice and Research in Clinical Gastroenterology (Vol. 30, pp. 487–495). doi:10.1016/j.bpg.2016.04.008