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J Clin Gastroenterol. 1996 Jun;22(4):272-4.

Presence of family member during upper endoscopy. What do patients and escorts think?

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Gastroenterology Unit, Poriyah Hospital, Tiberias, Israel.


We evaluated what effect an escort present during upper endoscopy had on the attitude and anxiety level of patients and on the escorts. The study consisted of 206 patients (ages 15-85, 47% male) and their escorts. Both patients and escorts were interviewed before the procedure. Escorts were then randomly divided into two groups-on-the-spot escorts, who present throughout the procedure, as opposed to waiting-room escorts. Both groups were reinterviewed following the procedure. Before the procedure, 80% of the patients understood the nature of endoscopy. Thirteen percent believed the procedure to be dangerous, and only 33% were totally worry-free. Fifty percent preferred to be escorted during the procedure, while 17% refused. Following the procedure, 89% of the patients who were escorted in the endoscopy room expressed satisfaction. Fifty-two percent of the patients found the procedure to be mild, with a higher proportion among escorted patients. Among the escorts, 63% felt that their close presence had lessened their own fears and anxiety regarding the procedure, and 72% believed their presence to have been supportive to the patient. Having an escort present throughout endoscopy appears to be a promising approach.

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