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Adult nursing
Using smart phone technology can aid in better bowel preparation and improve healthcare delivery
  1. Pradeep Yarra,
  2. Mridula P Talari
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  1. Correspondence to Pradeep Yarra, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, USA; pya227{at}

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Commentary on: Guo B, Zuo X, Li Z, et al. Improving the quality of bowel preparation through an app for inpatients undergoing colonoscopy: a randomized controlled trial. J Adv Nurs 2019. doi: 10.1111/jan.14295

Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare professionals should recognise and utilise newer technology to improve the quality of bowel preparation for patients undergoing colonoscopy.

  • App-based instructions which are user friendly, personalised and interactive can result in better quality of healthcare delivery.


Colonoscopy is the standard method for screening, diagnostic evaluation and treatment of colorectal lesions.1 Quality of bowel preparation greatly impacts the success of colonoscopy in diagnostic yield, adenoma detection and patient safety.1 2 Multiple studies have shown that inpatients are more likely to have poor bowel preparation.2 Improving bowel preparation by combining conventional tools with newer technology can result in greater efficiency. …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.