Endoscopy 2012; 44(S 03): SE9-SE14
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1309781
Guidelines
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European guidelines for quality assurance in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis. First Edition – Principles of evidence assessment and methods for reaching recommendations

S. Minozzi
CPO Piemonte (Piedmont Centre for Cancer Prevention) and S. Giovanni Hospital, Turin, Italy
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P. Armaroli
CPO Piemonte (Piedmont Centre for Cancer Prevention) and S. Giovanni Hospital, Turin, Italy
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N. Segnan
CPO Piemonte (Piedmont Centre for Cancer Prevention) and S. Giovanni Hospital, Turin, Italy
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Publication Date:
25 September 2012 (online)

  

Multidisciplinary, evidence-based guidelines for quality assurance in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis have been developed by experts in a project coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The full guideline document covers the entire process of population-based screening. It consists of 10 chapters and over 250 recommendations, graded according to the strength of the recommendation and the supporting evidence. The 450-page guidelines and the extensive evidence base have been published by the European Commission. The principles of evidence assessment and methods for reaching recommendations are presented here to promote international discussion and collaboration by making the principles and methods used in developing the guidelines known to a wider professional and scientific community. Following this methodology in the future updating of the guidelines has the potential to enhance the control of colorectal cancer through improvement in the quality and effectiveness of the screening process, including multidisciplinary diagnosis and management of the disease.