CORI Goals and Objectives

The primary goal of CORI is to use the National Endoscopic Database (NED) to acquire knowledge that will improve the quality of clinical practice in gastroenterology. Specific research goals include the following:

  • Perform descriptive analyses of endoscopic utilization, frequency and severity of endoscopic findings, endoscopic treatment and medical management. These analyses will document changes in practice patterns over time, identify practice variation based on geographic region, type of clinical practice, or patient demographics (age, gender, race). These descriptive analyses will form the basis for developing hypothesis for clinical studies and improving risk stratification in the selection of patients most likely to benefit from endoscopy.
  • Observe the natural history of chronic GI diseases for which endoscopic surveillance is used. Perform clinical studies to determine appropriate intervals for surveillance.
  • Determine the success and effectiveness of endoscopic therapies.
  • Determine the impact of endoscopic diagnoses and therapies on patient outcomes, such as morbidity, mortality, disease-specific quality of life, functional status, and health care utilization.
  • Evaluate the frequency of endoscopic complications and risk factors for complications.
  • Prospectively monitor the results of new endoscopic innovations.
  • Assess the validation of quality indicators by studying the relationship between specific indicators and key endoscopic endpoints.
  • Identify subjects for prospective research projects.


With the intent to advance the quality of patient care and further the GI practice, CORI has several objectives:

  1. Maintain and continue to grow the largest national clinical data repository for GI endoscopy.
  2. Collaborate internationally with other national projects using the CORI software.
  3. Offer a robust electronic reporting software application that will support the changing needs of GI endoscopists.
  4. Continually expand the number of CORI user sites to include a diverse and representative population.
  5. Meet the unique needs and interests of both community and research based practitioners.
  6. Provide a forum for knowledge sharing, lessons learned and best practices for endoscopic and GI specialties.
  7. Create a self sustaining entity that offers research grants to participating physicians.