National endoscopy quality improvement program remains suboptimal in Korea

Jae Myung Cha, Jeong Seop Moon, Il Kwun Chung, Jin Oh Kim, Jong Pil Im, Yu Kyung Cho, Hyun Gun Kim, Sang Kil Lee, Hang Lak Lee, Jae Young Jang, Eun Sun Kim, Yunho Jung, Chang Mo Moon, Yeol Kim, Bo Young Park

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Background/Aims: We evaluated the characteristics of the National Cancer Screening Program (NCSP) and opinions regarding the National Endoscopy Quality Improvement Program (NEQIP). Methods: We surveyed physicians performing esophagogastroduodenoscopy and/or colonoscopy screenings as part of the NCSP via e-mail between July and August in 2015. The 32-item survey instrument included endoscopic capacity, sedation, and reprocessing of endoscopes as well as opinions regarding the NEQIP. Results: A total of 507 respondents were analyzed after the exclusion of 40 incomplete answers. Under the current capacity of the NCSP, the typical waiting time for screening endoscopy was less than 4 weeks in more than 90% of endoscopy units. Performance of endoscopy reprocessing was suboptimal, with 28% of respondents using unapproved disinfectants or not knowing the main ingredient of their disinfectants and 15% to 17% of respondents not following reprocessing protocols. Agreement with the NEQIP was optimal, because only 5.7% of respondents did not agree with NEQIP; however, familiarity with the NEQIP was suboptimal, because only 37.3% of respondents were familiar with the NEQIP criteria. Conclusions: The NEQIP remains suboptimal in Korea. Given the suboptimal performance of endoscopy reprocessing and low familiarity with the NEQIP, improved quality in endoscopy reprocessing and better understanding of the NEQIP should be emphasized in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-705
Number of pages7
JournalGut and Liver
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2016

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by National Cancer Center grant (1560460-1).


  • Colorectal neoplasms
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Mass screening
  • Quality
  • Stomach neoplasms


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