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Rev Esp Enferm Dig. 2018 Oct;110(10):658-666. doi: 10.17235/reed.2018.5652/2018.

Quality indicators for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. The procedure of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.

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Digestivo/Endoscopias, Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca. Murcia, España.
Servicio de Calidad Asistencial, Hospital Clínico Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca.
Digestivo, Hospital San Juan de Dios.
Gestión del Conocimiento. SEPD. Madrid.
Digestivo, Hospital Clínico Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca.


The goal of the project encompassing the present paper is to propose useful quality procedures and indicators in order to improve quality in digestive endoscopy units. In this third part outcome procedures and indicators are suggested for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). First, a diagram of pre- and post-ERCP steps was developed. A group of experts in healthcare quality and/or endoscopy, under the shelter of the Spanish Society of Digestive Diseases (Sociedad Española de Patología Digestiva - SEPD), carried out a qualitative review of the literature regarding quality indicators for ERCP. Then, a paired analysis was used for the selection of identified references. A total of six specific indicators, apart from the common indicators already described, were identified, all of them process indicators (two pre-procedure and four post-procedure). Evidence quality was analyzed for each indicator using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) classification.

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