Methodological considerations for surveillance in GI practice

Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2016 Dec;30(6):867-878. doi: 10.1016/j.bpg.2016.10.011. Epub 2016 Oct 28.


Surveillance is recommended for various GI cancers, and substantial resources are invested. However, little is known about the effect of surveillance, neither for good, nor for bad. Most evidence stems from observational studies, but observational studies of surveillance can be subject to various biases that may severely influence the results. In this chapter we discuss challenges related to various research questions, study designs, choice of endpoints, and how to deal with different forms of bias. We hope this chapter will be helpful for researchers when performing high-quality studies of surveillance, and to enable physicians and policy-makers to understand the possibilities and limitations of current evidence.

Keywords: Bias; Cancer; Screening; Surveillance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Gastroenterology / methods*
  • Humans
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Research Design
  • Stomach Neoplasms / diagnosis*