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Table 3 Classification of colonoscopy appropriateness according to the EPAGE II criteria against selected characteristics of the patient and indication. EPAGE II criteria percentages for each factor are shown per row

From: “Appropriateness of colonoscopy according to EPAGE II in a low resource setting: a cross sectional study from Sri Lanka”

  Classification according to EPAGE criteria  
  Total N = 325 (%) Inappropriate ≤3 n = 33 (10.2%) Uncertain 4–6 n = 93 (28.6%) Appropriate ≥7 n = 199 (61.2%) p value
Age      < 0.001
  ≤ 50 years 102 (31.4) 29 (28.4) 45 (44.1) 28 (27.4)  
  > 50 years 223 (68.6) 4 (1.8) 48 (21.5) 171 (76.6)  
Sex      0.41
 Women 163 (50.1) 19 (11.6) 42 (25.7) 102 (62.6)  
 Men 162 (49.9) 14 (8.6) 51 (31.5) 97 (59.9)  
Type of colonoscopy      < 0.001
 Symptomatic 218 (67.0) 27 (12.4) 86 (39.4) 103 (47.2)  
 Screening 107 (32.9) 4 (3.7) 7 (6.5) 96 (89.7)  
Indication for symptomatic colonoscopies (n = 218)      < 0.001
 Rectal bleeding 96 (44.0) 4 (4.1) 25 (26.0) 67 (69.8)  
 Altered bowel habits 44 (20.2) 4 (9.0) 9 (20.4) 31 (70.4)  
 Abdominal pain 31 (14.2) 10 (32.2) 21 (65.6) 0 (0.0)  
 Other 47 (21.5) 11 (23.4) 31 (65.9) 5 (10.6)