A randomized controlled trial of endoscopist vs. anaesthetist-administered sedation for colonoscopy


Background: Endoscopist-administered propofol sedation for colonoscopy has not been compared to anaesthetist-administered deep sedation in clinical trials. Our aim was to compare patients’ satisfaction and safety during these two sedation modalities.

Methods: 90 adult patients undergoing colonoscopy were randomized into Group A, Endoscopist-administered propofol sedation and Group B, anaesthetist-administered deep sedation. Group A patients received an initial dose of 30-50 mg of intravenous propofol; additional doses were injected by the endoscopist using a pre-programmed pump. Global satisfaction was measured on a 0-100 mm visual analogue scale.

Results: The average satisfaction scores after examination completion amongst group were not statistically different (90.8 mm for Group A vs. 89 mm for Group B). Group A patients expressed more frequently a good level of satisfaction (95% vs. 75%; p=0.03) and willingness to undergo further colonoscopies under the same conditions (95% vs. 79%; p=0.02). Total duration time and procedural difficulty did not differ between the groups. Group A received a lower total propofol dose than Group B (94 mg vs. 260 mg) and experienced fewer side-effects (16 vs. 3, respectively; p < 0.008).

Conclusion: Endoscopist-administered propofol sedation for colonoscopy offered a better level of satisfaction and fewer side-effects than anaesthetist-administered deep sedation.