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This article is part of the supplement: Selected articles from the XXV National Congress of the Italian Society of Geriatric Surgery

Open Access Research article

Usefulness of a fast track list for anxious patients in a upper GI endoscopy

Fabrizio Cardin1*, Alessandra Andreotti2, Manuel Zorzi3, Claudio Terranova4, Bruno Martella1, Bruno Amato5 and Carmelo Militello1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgical and Gastroenterological Sciences, University of Padua, Italy

2 Explora snc di Vittadello Fabio & C. - Ricerca & Analisi statistica Padova, Italy

3 Istituto Oncologico Veneto, IRCCS, Padova, Italy

4 Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padua, Italy

5 University of Naples Federico II - Department of General Surgery, Italy

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BMC Surgery 2012, 12(Suppl 1):S11  doi:10.1186/1471-2482-12-S1-S11

Published: 15 November 2012

Abstract

Background

To determine whether patients with no alarm signs who ask the endoscopist to shorten their waiting time due to test result anxiety, represent a risk category for a major organic pathology.

Methods

At our open-access endoscopy service, we set up an expedite list for six months for outpatients who complained that the waiting time for gastroscopy was too long. Over this period we studied 373 gastroscopy patients. In addition to personal details, we collected information on the presence of Hp infection and compliance with dyspepsia guideline indications for gastroscopy.

Results

Average waiting time was 38.2 days (SD 12.7). The 66 patients who considered the waiting time too long underwent gastroscopy within 15 days. We made 5 diagnoses of esophageal and gastric tumour and gastric ulcer (7.6%) among the expedite list patients and 14 (4.6%) among those on the normal list (p=0.31). On including duodenal peptic disease in the analysis, the total prevalence rate rose to 19.7% in the short-wait group and to 10.4% (p=0.036) in the longer-wait group.

Discussion and conclusions

Our data suggests that asking to be fast-tracked does not have prognostic impact on the diagnosis of a major (gastric ulcer and cancer) pathology.