Efficacy and outcome of an open access endoscopy service

Dan Med Bull. 1991 Jun;38(3):288-90.


In a retrospective questionnaire-study, we have attempted to elucidate how open access endoscopy influences management of dyspeptic patients, with special focus on young patients (less than 40 year), since the proportion of examinations with findings not requiring medical treatment are consistently reported higher in this age group. During a one-year period, 436 patients referred for open access endoscopy and their general practitioners completed questionnaires giving details of medical treatment, consultation rate for dyspepsia and global assessment before and 6-18 months after the endoscopy. Relevant changes in medical treatment (stopped in patients with no or minor abnormalities or started in patients with major abnormalities) was found for 27% of the patients, irrespective of age group. The result of the endoscopy provided reassurance for 70% of the patients with no or minor abnormalities. Reassurance was coupled with a lower consultation rate and with fewer symptoms. Altogether, 83% of the young patients with no or minor abnormalities had a positive outcome of the endoscopy. As the endoscopy service introduced relevant and lasting prescription habits and reduced consultation rates at general practitioners, also for younger dyspeptic patients with no or minor abnormalities, the strategy generally proposed of a trial with H2-receptor antagonists before considering referral for endoscopy should be subjected to formal clinical trial evaluating all relevant levels of efficacy.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Dyspepsia / diagnosis
  • Dyspepsia / therapy
  • Endoscopy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Histamine H2 Antagonists / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sucralfate / therapeutic use


  • Histamine H2 Antagonists
  • Sucralfate