Quality in colonoscopy: European perspectives and practice

Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Jan;8(1):29-47. doi: 10.1586/17474124.2014.858599. Epub 2013 Dec 2.


Colonoscopy is the 'gold standard' investigation of the colon. High quality colonoscopy is essential to diagnose early cancer and reduce its incidence through the detection and removal of pre-malignant adenomas. In this review, we discuss the key components of a high quality colonoscopy, review methods for improving quality, emerging technologies that have the potential to improve quality and highlight areas for future work.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / diagnosis
  • Adenoma / epidemiology
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Colonic Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Colonoscopy / standards*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*