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2009, Volume 25, Number 1, Page(s) 019-028     
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DOI: 10.5146/tjpath.2009.00957
A survey on the overall characteristics of pathology laboratories in Turkey
Kutsal YÖRÜKOĞLU1, Alp USUBÜTÜN2, Öner DOĞAN3, Binnur ÖNAL4, Özlem AYDIN5
1Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, İZMİR, TÜRKİYE
2Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE
3İstanbul Üniversitesi İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, İSTANBUL, TÜRKİYE
4Ankara Dışkapı YB Eğitim-Araştırma Hastanesi 1. Patoloji Kliniği, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE
5Acıbadem Hastaneleri Merkez Patoloji Laboratuvarı, İSTANBUL, TÜRKİYE
Keywords: Pathology, laboratory, property

Aim: This reports presents the results of a recent survey on the condition of pathology laboratories in Turkey based on a written questionnaire.

Materials and Methods: We have submitted a survey that consisted of 68 questions to 250 various pathology laboratories throughout Turkey. We received 84 responses that were reviewed and analyzed.

Results: We have determined the total number of pathologists, pathology technicians, and administrative support for each category of laboratories, and the overall numbers were found to be lower than universally recommended. We have identified significant challenges in the number and the distribution of the pathology material reviewed and processed by residents. The time of retention and archival of pathology material were done in various forms, but there were no adopted limit standards. The available space in most laboratories were insufficient and fell below the accepted international norms. The number and the type of equipments, and conventional histochemical techniques positively correlated with the total number of surgical specimens.

Conclusion: Our findings underline serious and significant issues concerning pathology laboratory work area, equipment, and staffing. These deficiencies point to the need for standard national guidelines for each type of laboratory, and the results of our survey can aid in the preparation of such guidelines. These guidelines will be instrumental in establishing a national quality assurance program that can address the needs unique to our country. Such an effort should be the mission of the Federation of Turkish Pathology Societies, and all Turkish Pathology Societies.

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