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Estimating the Backlog of Colonoscopy due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Comparing Strategies to Recover in Ontario, Canada

Published:December 07, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2020.11.048
      Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has significantly affected gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, with jurisdictions reporting up to a 95% reduction in procedure volumes compared to before the pandemic.

      Rutter MD et al. Gut [published online July 20, 2020]. https://doi.org/10.1136/gutjnl-2020-322179.

      In Ontario, Canada, a large volume of colonoscopies not performed during the first wave of the pandemic (the backlog) must now be managed (Supplementary Table 1). Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) oversees colonoscopies performed in hospitals (70% of those performed in the province).

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      Abbreviations used in this paper:

      COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), FIT (fecal immunochemical test), GI (gastrointestinal), LRA (low-risk adenoma)
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