Training in pediatric neurogastroenterology and motility across Europe: a survey of the ESPGHAN National Societies Network 2016-2019

Authors Alexandra Papadopoulou, Carmen Ribes-Koninckx, Alastair Baker, Maria Noni, Eleni Koutri, Maria-Vasiliki Karagianni, Sue Protheroe, Alfredo Guarino, Emmanuel Mas, Michael Wilschanski, Enriqueta Roman, Johanna Escher, Raoul I. Furlano, Carsten Posovszky, Ilse Hoffman, Gabor Veres, Jiri Bronsky, Almuthe Christine Hauer, Duska Tjesic-Drinkovic, Maria Fotoulaki, Rok Orel, Vaidotas Urbonas, Aydan Kansu, Miglena Georgieva, Marc Benninga, Nikhil Thapar, Deirdre Kelly.


Background Pediatric gastrointestinal motility disorders present significant challenges for diagnosis and management, emphasizing the need for appropriate training in Pediatric Neurogastroenterology and Motility (PNGM). The aim of this survey, part of a comprehensive survey on training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, was to evaluate training related to PNGM across European training centers.

Method Standardized questionnaires were collected from training centers through the National Societies Network of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), from June 2016 to December 2019.

Results In total, 100 training centers from 19 countries participated in the survey. Dedicated PNGM clinics were available in 22 centers; pH-monitoring in 60; pH/impedance in 66; standard manometry in 37; and high-resolution manometry in 33. If all motility studies were performed partially or fully by the trainees, the median (range) annual numbers/per trainee were as follows: pH-monitoring 30 (1-500); pH/impedance 17 (1-131); standard manometries 10 (1-150); and high-resolution manometries 8 (1-75). The motility assessment was performed by pediatric gastroenterologists (43 centers); adult gastroenterologists (10 centers); pediatric surgeons (5 centers); and both pediatric gastroenterologists and pediatric surgeons (9 centers). Annual numbers ≤10 for pH-monitoring, pH/impedance, standard manometries and high-resolution manometries were reported by 7 (12%), 15 (23%), 11 (30%) and 14 (42%) centers, respectively.

Conclusions Significant differences exist in PNGM-related infrastructure, staff and procedural volumes at training centers across Europe. ESPGHAN and the National Societies should take initiatives to ensure the acquisition of competence in PNGM-related knowledge and skills, and develop strategies for assessment and accreditation.

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Keywords Gastrointestinal motility training, children, training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition

Ann Gastroenterol 2022; 35 (3): 325-332

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