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World J Gastrointest Endosc. Feb 16, 2015; 7(2): 94-101
Published online Feb 16, 2015. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v7.i2.94
Colonoscopy appropriateness: Really needed or a waste of time?
Antonio Z Gimeno-García, Enrique Quintero
Antonio Z Gimeno-García, Enrique Quintero, Servicio de Gastroenterología, Hospital Universitario de Canarias, 38320 Tenerife, Spain
Antonio Z Gimeno-García, Enrique Quintero, Instituto Universitario de Tecnologías Biomédicas (ITB) and Centro de Investigación Biomédica de Canarias (CIBICAN), Departamento de Medicina Interna, Universidad de La Laguna, 38320 Tenerife, Spain
Author contributions: Gimeno-García AZ and Quintero E contributed to this paper; all authors have participated sufficiently in the conception of this review, as well as the writing, drafting and revising it critically for important intellectual content and final approval of the version to be published.
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Correspondence to: Antonio Z Gimeno-García, MD, PhD, Servicio de Gastroenterología, Hospital Universitario de Canarias, Ofra s/n, La Laguna, 38320 Tenerife, Spain.
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Received: August 16, 2014
Peer-review started: August 16, 2014
First decision: September 16, 2014
Revised: October 17, 2014
Accepted: October 31, 2014
Article in press: November 3, 2014
Published online: February 16, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: There is increasing worldwide demand for colonoscopy referrals, overburdening endoscopy units. Controlling the appropriateness of colonoscopy referrals has been proposed to decrease the increased workload. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy appropriateness and the European panel appropriateness of gastrointestinal endoscopy guidelines, and prioritisation criteria such as those of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines network are good candidates for this task. We review the available systems and interventions designed to rationalize colonoscopy demand.