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Study reveals overuse of surveillance colonoscopy in older adults with limited life expectancy

23 Mar, 2023 | 13:11h | UTC

Summary: This study investigated the association between estimated life expectancy, surveillance colonoscopy findings, and follow-up recommendations among older adults. The study utilized data from the New Hampshire Colonoscopy Registry and included adults over 65 who underwent colonoscopy for surveillance after prior polyps.

Life expectancy was estimated using a validated prediction model and categorized into three groups: less than 5 years, 5 to less than 10 years, and 10 or more years.

Out of the 9,831 adults included in the study, 8% had advanced polyps or CRC. Among the 5,281 patients with available recommendations, 86.9% were advised to return for a future colonoscopy. Surprisingly, 58.1% of older adults with less than 5 years of life expectancy were also recommended to return for future surveillance colonoscopy.

The study concluded that many older adults with limited life expectancy are still recommended for future surveillance colonoscopy. This data could help refine decision-making about pursuing or stopping surveillance colonoscopy in older adults with a history of polyps.

Article: Association of Life Expectancy With Surveillance Colonoscopy Findings and Follow-up Recommendations in Older Adults – JAMA Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

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