Hospitals told to deliver better colonoscopy feedback for GPs

Calls for information on all histological findings and recommended follow-up

A new clinical care standard for colonoscopies aims to change the poor feedback that GPs receive from hospitals about referred patients.

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The standard, released on Monday by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, recommends colonoscopists report all histological findings where tissue is removed and provide follow-up recommendations for GPs.

The commission’s clinical director, NSW gastroenterologist Professor Anne Duggan, says the standard aims to address national inconsistencies in colonoscopy rates.

“There’s 30-fold variation. It defies logic,” she