Evaluating the use of a customized digital navigation program to optimize bowel preparation in pediatric colonsocopy

Lauren Dankner, Jose Antonio Quiros, Diana Volpert, Ashish Atreja

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Introduction: Adequate bowel preparation is essential for optimal colonoscopy diagnosis and/or intervention. However, suboptimal bowel preparation occurs in as many as 1 in 3 pediatric colonoscopies, leading to missed diagnoses, procedural complications, wasted resources, and increased costs. We aimed to evaluate the effect of an automated Pediatric Colonoscopy Digital Navigation Program (PC-DNP) on the quality of colonoscopy preparation among pediatric patients. Methods: The PC-DNP sent patients timely weight-based bowel preparation instructions, video and text-based educational modules, logistical information, and appointment reminders prior to their scheduled diagnostic and/or therapeutic colonoscopies. Physician reported bowel preparation quality among patients/caregivers who were prescribed the PC-DNP were compared to bowel preparation quality of a historical sample of patients/caregivers who received standard care instructions. Results: We found that the PC-DNP group had significantly higher bowel preparation quality than the standard care group. Conclusions: These results demonstrated that automated DNPs may be easily implemented into the pediatric gastroenterologists' practice and may help streamline and improve bowel preparation in pediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1271222
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
StatePublished - 9 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • bowel preparation
  • digital health
  • endoscopy
  • gastroenterology
  • pediatric endoscopy


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