Indications for Selected Medical and Surgical Procedures - A Literature Review and Ratings of Appropriateness

Diagnostic Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

by Katherine L. Kahn, Carol P. Roth, Jacqueline Kosecoff, Arlene Fink, Robert H. Brook, Mark R. Chassin, David Solomon, Rolla Edward Park, Joan Keesey, Mary Frances Flynn


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This report contains a review of the published literature on the diagnostic use of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy from the procedure's introduction in the 1960s through 1981. In addition, it includes data on its findings, complications, costs, efficacy, utilization, and indications. It rates the appropriateness of each indication, and provides a medical record abstraction form and guidelines for its use.

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