Conclusion

In current thinking the authors have attempted to give the best evidence that was available at the time of writing. Use of the best clinical evidence, research and systematic searches (Clinical Evidence Concise: BMA, 2003) allows the best evidence to be shown for anyone making decisions about patient care. Discussion of current RCTs and information about current effectiveness of various interventions in diverticular disease have been searched for by using explicit methodology to identify gaps in evidence, the effectiveness of various treatments and the benefits versus harm in related treatments. In January 2003, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland set up an audit into diverticular disease, the National Complications of Diverticular Disease Audit, and has invited all surgeons across the UK to participate as an online database.

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