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Vincent G Bain, Winnie W Wong, Paul D Greig, Eric M Yoshida, "Hepatology and The Canadian Gastroenterologist: Interest, Attitudes and Patterns of Practise: Results of a National Survey from the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology", Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 17, Article ID 709303, 5 pages, 2003. https://doi.org/10.1155/2003/709303
Hepatology and The Canadian Gastroenterologist: Interest, Attitudes and Patterns of Practise: Results of a National Survey from the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
BACKGROUND: Hepatology has emerged as a subspecialty distinct from gastroenterology. Despite this, there is no formal certification examination or accredited training program, and training remains combined with gastroenterology.AIM: To determine attitudes, perceptions and patterns of practice with respect to liver disease among Canadian gastroenterologists.METHODS: A survey questionnaire was distributed to clinician gastroenterologists who are members of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. The responses of subgroups of respondents were compared by univariate and multivariate statistical techniques.RESULTS: Hepatologists constituted 20 of 201 respondents, the rest identifying themselves as gastroenterologists. Among gastroenterologists, liver disease constituted 10% of in- and out-patient practice. Despite this, 85% of gastroenterologists maintain an interest in hepatology, 49% perform liver biopsies, 60% treat hepatitis C, and 54% treat hepatitis B. In all of these areas, university-based gastroenterologists were consistently less likely than community-based gastroenterologists to maintain an interest and practice in hepatology, a finding that remained statistically significant on multivariate analysis. With regard to hepatology training, 90% of hepatologists and 94% of gastroenterologists felt that hepatology training should remain combined with gastroenterology, although 55% of hepatologists felt that current training was adequate compared with 79% of gastroenterologists, who were satisfied with the status quo.CONCLUSIONS: Hepatology remains relevant and important to Canadian gastroenterologists, especially those who have community-based practices. Canadian gastroenterologists and hepatologists are not in favour of separating hepatology training from existing gastroenterology training programs, although hepatologists feel that the current level of training is suboptimal.
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