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Patients’ understanding of colonoscopy risk is suboptimal
  1. R J Makins1,
  2. D S Rampton1,
  3. A B Ballinger2
  1. 1Barts and The London Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust, Homerton Row, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr R Makins
    Barts and The London Hospital NHS Trust, DDRC, Turner St, London E1 2AD, UK;

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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 …

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