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We read with interest the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) lead audit by Bowles et al (Gut53:277–83) into colonoscopy practice within the UK. As part of the audit the authors questioned 1200 patients on their experience of the procedure. Of the respondents, only 81.5% received written information, with only 54.9% recalling information on possible adverse events such as bleeding and perforation. The poor recollection of potential problems is perhaps to …