For the interest and benefit of ESCP members, the Research Committee are going to write a monthly short report on a significant colorectal article that has been published in the last six months.

These summaries should provide an informative read on significant developments that have the potential to help patients. We would welcome your suggestions regarding articles and also your ideas on how this initiative may be developed.


On 20 Jun 2018

This paper of the month report considers the impact of ileal pouch-anal anastomosis on graft survival following liver transplantation for primary sclerosing cholangitis.

On 11 May 2018

Our May Paper of the Month commentary concerns the organ preservation approach for small rectal cancers. It is the first randomized study comparing local excision to TME after radiochemotherapy.

On 13 Mar 2018

Our March commentary is on a paper about the EASY trial which found that while early closure of the temporary ileostomy was associated with fewer complications, there was no effect on quality of life.

On 16 Feb 2018

The February 'Paper of the Month' focusses on a proctological problem, the treatment of haemorrhoids. The paper considers for the first time not only clinical effectiveness but also cost-effectiveness and the long term quality of life following stapled haemorrhoidopexy (SH) and traditional excisional haemorrhoidectomy (TH) for patients with haemorrhoids. It was published in Health Technol Assessment Journal, which report studies supported by the HTA programme, part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK.

On 11 Jan 2018

Our first Paper of the Month for 2018 sees us look at 'Effect of Robotic-Assisted vs Conventional Laparoscopic Surgery on Risk of Conversion to Open Laparotomy Among Patients Undergoing Resection for Rectal Cancer: The ROLARR Randomized Clinical Trial'. This is the largest randomized study on robotic vs laparoscopic approach for curative rectal cancer surgery.

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