How should we train capsule endoscopy? A pilot study of performance changes during a structured capsule endoscopy training program

Dig Dis Sci. 2009 Aug;54(8):1672-9. doi: 10.1007/s10620-008-0558-6. Epub 2008 Nov 26.


There are no validated training/accreditation guidelines for capsule endoscopy. We assessed the utility of a structured training program on two experienced gastroenterologists and one endoscopy nurse. Validated studies were standardized for difficulty in blocks of three. Trainees completed a standardized data sheet for each study reported (12 studies for the physicians, 22 studies for the nurse). After each block the trainer graded performance and highlighted learning points. Statistical analysis was performed. Physician trainees accurately identified landmarks throughout, while the nurse made errors even at the end of training. Improvement in lesion detection and diagnostic accuracy improved in the nurse, but in only one of the physician trainees, highlighting the variability in learning curves. Overall performance improved in all trainees but was most marked for the nurse trainee (correlation coefficient 0.41, P = 0.06). Improvements in lesion recognition and diagnosis can be demonstrated in senior trainees and nurses following a structured training program; however, there is considerable variability.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Capsule Endoscopy / standards*
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Education / methods*
  • Education / standards*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff / education
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prospective Studies