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Current Issue December 2018

Dilation or biodegradable stent placement for recurrent benign esophageal strictures: a randomized controlled trial (FREE ACCESS)

Daisy Walter, Maarten W. van den Berg, Meike M. Hirdes et al.

In a multicenter, randomized study, placement of a biodegradable stent was associated with a temporary reduction in the number of repeat dilations and a longer time to recurrent dysphagia, compared with ongoing dilation.

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Endoscopic gastric reduction with an endoluminal suturing device: a multicenter prospective trial with 1-year follow-up (FREE ACCESS)

Vincent Huberty, Evzen Machytka, Ivo Boškoski et al.

Prospective study investigating the efficacy and safety of a novel suturing device for endoscopic gastric reduction. In 51 obese patients with a mean body mass index of 35.1, mean excess weight loss and mean total body weight loss at 1 year were 29% and 7.4%, respectively. No severe adverse events were observed.

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Performance measures for endoscopy services: a European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Quality Improvement Initiative  (FREE ACCESS)

Roland Valori, George Cortas, Thomas de Lange et al.

The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and United European Gastroenterology (UEG) present a list of performancemeasures for endoscopy services, comprising 30 measures in nine domains. A systematic and scientifically basedmethodology was applied to substantiate the proposed measures with available evidence where possible. Themeasures include those related to the leadership, organization, and delivery of the service, as well as those associated with the patient journey. Eachmeasure includes a recommendation for a minimumand target standard for endoscopy services to achieve. Adoption of these performancemeasures by all endoscopy services across Europe is recommended.

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