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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the detection rates from Colonoscopies?

    I would like to know if it was reasonable to ask a gastroenterologist their adenoma detection rate? I believe this quality performance indicator is being promoted by professional organisations in Australia.

    This subject was discussed recently on The Health Report with Norman Swan on ABC Radio National.
    Link to transcript

    Head of Colorectal Medicine & Genetics at RMH Professor Findlay Macrae brings up some important points for patients to consider. I have had screening colonoscopies in the past and have never been offered these statistics.

    Thank You

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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Hi Brian,
    Thank you for your recent question regarding asking for a gastroenterolgist’s adenoma detection rate.
    Due to many varying factors involved with this type of data collection, it is quite complex to calculate and difficult/impossible to compare unless every specialist uses the same definition and same patient scenarios when performing these calculations. However, it is certainly reasonable to ask as this is a reasonable quality indicator.
    We hope this helps to answer your questions. 

    Please feel free to contact us anytime for individualised advice at: 

    Bowel Cancer Australia Nutrition Adviser - 


    Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser - 

    Kind Regards, 
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia
    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder. 

    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor. 

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