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

R. Zackary Unger, Sable P. Amstutz, Da Hea Seo, Melanie Huffman, Douglas K. Rex

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2030-2034
Number of pages5
JournalDigestive diseases and sciences
Volume55
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Bowel preparation
  • Colonoscopy
  • Split dosing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Physiology

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