Polypectomy rate as a quality measure for colonoscopy

Jason E. Williams, Thienluong Domi Le, Douglas O. Faigel

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Background: The adenoma detection rate (ADR) has been proposed as a robust quality indicator for colonoscopy, but it is cumbersome to calculate and not available at the time of colonoscopy. Objective: To determine whether endoscopists' polypectomy rates (PRs) correlate with their ADRs and to calculate benchmark PRs that correlate with benchmark ADRs. Design: Retrospective study. Setting University and Veterans Affairs endoscopy units in Portland, Oregon. Subjects: Fifteen endoscopists and their patients. Main Outcome Measurements: Proportion of patients with any adenoma and any polyp removed; correlation between ADRs and PRs. Results: Fifteen endoscopists performed 2706 average-risk screening colonoscopies during the study. There was variation in the ADR for men (15.4%-44.7%) and women (6.1%-25.8%) and in the PRs for men (17.9%-66.0%) and women (11.3%-43.1%). Endoscopists' PRs correlated well with their ADRs (r s = 0.86, P < .001). To attain the established benchmark ADRs for men (25%) and women (15%), endoscopists needed PRs of 40% and 30%, respectively. Endoscopists attaining the benchmark PRs had a higher ADR among men (32.1% vs 18.4%, P < .001) and a higher ADR among women (21.0% vs 9.8%, P = .01) than those who did not. Limitations Study endoscopists' approach to polypectomy may differ from that of endoscopists in other settings. Conclusions: The PR is a useful quality measure with a high degree of correlation with the ADR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-506
Number of pages9
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • ADR
  • OHSU
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • PR
  • Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • adenoma detection rate
  • polypectomy rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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