Keep Score to Raise GI Docs' Performance
At our GI center, we're big fans of peer feedback. That's why we monitor and compare our docs' adenoma detection rates and withdrawal times, ranked from first to last, for our physicians to see.
As you can see in the table, we've removed the names of the 21 doctors in our group and instead assigned each one a number and ranked them according to their ADR performance from the preceding year MD1, MD2, MD3 and so on down the line. We're all at least a little competitive, so no one wants to be closer to the bottom than the top, and no one wants to be last on the list. This kind of peer pressure motivates. It reminds us to take our time, and it raises the level of the team as a whole.
We've been measuring our ADR along with other colonoscopy metrics, like perforation rates and cecal intubation rates for almost a decade. Our collective ADR for 2009 was 36.6% in males and 22.1% in females. By 2015, those numbers climbed to 53% in males and 37.2% in females. Compare those with the national averages of 30% in males and 20% in females.
Although we have excellent ADR compared to the too-low national standards, the weaker ADRs in our group are strongly associated with poor adherence to the "6-minute withdrawal rule."
Adenoma Detection Rates & Withdrawal Times
* 6-minute minimum withdrawal time