An opportunity for people with experience of gastrointestinal endoscopy to participate in a focus group as part of a research study run by researchers from Imperial College London.
We are conducting focus groups to explore how patients can report safety incidents in gastrointestinal endoscopy.
Endoscopy is the investigation of the gastrointestinal tract with long, flexible cameras. It is common with over 2.5 million procedures conducted each year in the UK. We know that with so many procedures being performed each year, we need to make sure measures for maintaining safety are upheld. However, we know that safety incidents – those events that can contribute to or cause patient harm – still occur in endoscopy. Detecting these incidents has it’s owns challenges due to the nature of current incident reporting systems and we know we do not capture all incidents that occur in endoscopy.
Over recent years, the concept of patient-reporting has arisen. This has been shown to be useful in detecting safety incidents, particularly as patients have a unique perspective of the care they receive.
We are therefore conducting a research study to investigate how we can develop a patient-reporting tool to detect safety incidents in endoscopy.
You will be asked to take part in a focus group with two researchers and 8-15 patient participants per group. You will be asked to take part in a series of facilitated group tasks. These explore how patients may be able to report incidents and safety issues in endoscopy.
You can choose to attend any one of the following dates and locations:
You need only attend one focus group.
Refreshments will be provided, and you will be paid £25/hour for reimbursement (as per INVOLVE guidelines).
More information about this research study and guidance for potential participants can be found in this Patient Information Sheet.