This volume provides a comprehensive overview of quality metrics and methods
used to improve quality for all major modalities of CRC screening. It introduces
the readers to the evidence of effectiveness behind various CRC screening modalities:
stool-based tests (Fecal Occult Blood, Fecal Immunochemical and Fecal DNA tests),
flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and CT colonography. In-depth chapters review
the latest guidelines for CRC screening, compare differences among the five
major national guidelines, and highlight the need for valid quality and cost
indicators. While the main focus of this volume is on colonoscopy, since most
quality indicators and analyses have focused on this modality of screening and
surveillance, one chapter is devoted to quality indicators of other screening
modalities. Differences between process and outcome measures are also highlighted
and a small but valid set of recommended national measures are listed.
Written by experts in the field, Colorectal Cancer Screening: Quality and Benchmarks is an important and useful resource written for gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, general and colorectal surgeons, family physicians, and investigators with research focus in screening and quality metrics.
“This book provides a very complete and thorough description of colorectal cancer screening not only in the U.S., but in other parts of the world. … The synoptic tables make this a great reference for experts and easy to understand for students. … This is a great ‘one-stop-shop’ for information from multiple societies on the same subject and therefore, appropriate for clinicians in several specialties.” (Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, Doody's Book Reviews, May, 2015)
Dr. Shaukat received her medical degree at The Aga Khan University
Medical College in Pakistan. She then matriculated to Johns Hopkins School of
Public Health where she received an M.P.H. in International Health and Epidemiology.
She conducted a gastroenterology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine
and complete her residency at Stat University New York School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York. She joined the faculty of the Department
of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Minnesota in
Dr. Allen graduated with honors from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1973. At Rice, he held numerous swimming records and received the Bob Quinn Award for Outstanding Scholar Athlete. He attended medical school at the University of New Mexico, graduating in 1977. His internship, residency and specialty training in gastroenterology were completed at the University of Minnesota. After his fellowship ended in 1980, Dr. Allen joined the academic faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where he achieved the honor of becoming an Associate Professor of Medicine. While at the University he published numerous papers about nutrition, alcoholic liver disease and colon cancer. Dr. Allen joined Minnesota Gastroenterology in 1991.
There, he continued his clinical research about colon cancer prevention and cancer genetics in conjunction with scientists at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Allen continues to speak nationally and internationally about colon cancer and quality performance in gastroenterology. He has published over 50 articles on various aspects of gastroenterology research and practice and is currently editing a book on quality in colonoscopy.