A survey of patient acceptance of resect and discard for diminutive polyps

      Background and Aims

      Resect and discard is a new paradigm for management of diminutive colon polyps. Little is known regarding whether patients would accept resect and discard. We surveyed colonoscopy patients and their drivers regarding acceptance of resect and discard.


      This was a cross-sectional survey of colonoscopy outpatients and their drivers at two outpatient academic endoscopy centers.


      Four hundred fifteen colonoscopy patients and 293 drivers completed the survey (93.5% of all invited participants). Results for the two groups were similar. Overall, 66.3% indicated they would accept resect and discard. Participants who were younger, white, and seen at the ambulatory surgery center (vs the hospital outpatient department) were more likely to accept. Those declining resect and discard were more likely to be willing to pay some amount out-of-pocket to have diminutive polyps checked by pathology (97.1% vs 44.5%). Of those unwilling to accept resect and discard, 49.8% would require a zero chance of cancer in diminutive polyps before accepting resect and discard.


      Patient acceptance of resect and discard appears promising but is quite variable. Eliciting individual patient acceptance of resect and discard will be important during initial implementation into clinical practice.
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