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Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Jul;55(7):2030-4. doi: 10.1007/s10620-009-1092-x. Epub 2010 Jan 16.

Willingness to undergo split-dose bowel preparation for colonoscopy and compliance with split-dose instructions.

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Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Split-dose bowel preparations for colonoscopy have superior effectiveness compared with giving all the preparation the evening before colonoscopy. Some physicians believe that split-dose preparations would be unpopular with patients scheduled for early morning colonoscopies.

AIMS:

To determine the willingness of potential patients to undergo split-dose bowel preparation for colonoscopy and the actual adherence of colonoscopy patients to split-dose instructions.

METHODS:

We performed a survey of esophagogastroduodenoscopy patients and drivers of colonoscopy patients asking whether they would accept split-dose preparations for early morning colonoscopy appointments. We also asked colonoscopy patients scheduled in the early morning if they had complied with the written preparation instructions.

RESULTS:

Of the 300 individuals surveyed, the majority (85%) stated they would be willing to get up during the night to take the second dose of preparation. Of 107 colonoscopy patients with early morning appointments, 78% actually got up during the night to take the second dose of preparation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Acceptance of and compliance with split-dose bowel preparations is high and should not be a deterrent to prescribing split-dose preparations for colonoscopy.

PMID:
20082216
DOI:
10.1007/s10620-009-1092-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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