Turkish Journal of Pathology

Türk Patoloji Dergisi

Turkish Journal of Pathology

Turkish Journal of Pathology

2010, Vol 26, Num, 3     (Pages: 183-188)

A Survey on Pathology Laboratories of the Ministry of Health Gynecology Hospitals in Turkey

Hatice Dilek BÜLBÜL 1, Alp USUBÜTÜN 2

1 S.B. Etlik Zübeyde Hanım Kadın Hastalıkları Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Patoloji Bölümü, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE
2 Department of Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, ANKARA, TURKEY

DOI: 10.5146/tjpath.2010.01022
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Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the current situation of gynecopathology in Turkey, to lead standardization processes, to find out and to discuss the problems of pathologists dealing with gynecopathology by the aid of a questionnaire that had been sent to gynecology hospitals working under the Ministry of Health.

Material and Method: A survey consisting of 60 questions was submitted to 31 gynecology, and gynecology and children hospitals' pathology laboratories. The results were reviewed and analyzed.

Results: It was determined that there was no specific ratio between the number of beds, pathologists and the materials in the 24 hospitals which had answered the survey. It was also identified that the pathologists had a high workload in some laboratories. Furthermore it was realised that there were some challenges in administrative support, physical conditions, personnel safety and waste product management. There was no standard for analyzing and reporting the gynecopathology materials.

Conclusion: All Turkish Pathology Societies and the Federation of Turkish Pathology Societies plays a big role in setting the appropriate standarts, quality control and quality assurance for pathology, which is a considered a laboratory discipline but has important differences regarding working essentials and conditions.

Keywords : Pathology laboratory, Quality control, Hospitals, Federation of Turkish Pathology Societies