Patient preference and recall of results of EUS-guided FNA

Dayna S. Early, Eileen Janec, Riad Azar, Stephen Ristvedt, Feng Gao, Steven A. Edmundowicz

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Background: There are no clear guidelines regarding the best way, in terms of timing and setting, to deliver results to patients who undergo EUS-guided FNA (EUS-FNA) of suspected pancreatic masses. Objective: We aimed to study (1) whether patients undergoing EUS-FNA prefer to receive preliminary results immediately after the procedure or at a later date, after final results are known; and (2) to assess the accuracy of patients' recollection of information given to them regarding their FNA diagnosis. Design: We enrolled patients presenting to our endoscopy center for EUS-FNA of suspected pancreatic masses and obtained data through 4 pilot surveys. Settings: University-based endoscopy center. Patients: Sixty patients who were referred for EUS-FNA of suspected pancreatic masses. Results: A total of 57 of 59 patients (96.6%) wanted preliminary results the same day as the procedure. Twenty-eight of 60 (42.7%) knew they were having a biopsy, and 42 of 60 (70%) knew cancer was suspected. Of those who received preliminary results, 31 of 41 (75%) remembered the diagnosis correctly the next day, and 32 of 38 (84%) remembered the diagnosis correctly 1 week later. Limitations: Single-center pilot study. Conclusions: The majority of our patients wished to receive preliminary results the same day as the procedure. Although most patients remembered results correctly, 25% of patients did not remember the correct diagnosis the next day. Further work is needed to improve patient's understanding of the reasons for the EUS-FNA and recall of preliminary EUS-FNA results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-739.e4
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2006


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