Physicians Performing Higher Volume of Complex Endoscopic Procedures Report Better Outcomes

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis have published a study in the journal Medical Care that finds physicians that frequently perform complex endoscopic procedures have better patient outcomes.

The study examines the results of 16,968 endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography procedures, one of the most complex endoscopic procedures performed by gastroenterologists. Nearly 90 percent of the physicians performing ERCP procedures perform fewer than two a week.

Patients undergoing the procedure with a high-volume ERCP physician had an immediate hospitalization rate of 15 percent, while patients undergoing the procedure with a low-volume physician had an immediate hospitalization rate of 28 percent.

The study authors suggest the improvement of quality guidelines and strict credentialing for physician performing ERCP procedures.

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