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      Introduction to Starting Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Proper Insertion, Complete Observation, and Appropriate Photographing

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          Diagnostic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is the most basic of endoscopy procedures and is the technique that trainee doctors first learn. Mastering the basics of endoscopy is very important because when this process is imprecise or performed incorrectly, it can severely affect a patient's health or life. Although there are several guidelines and studies that consider these basics, there are still no standard recommendations for endoscopy in Korea. In this review, basic points, including proper endoscope insertion, precise observation without blind spots, and appropriate photographing, for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy will be discussed.

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            Increasing use of gastrointestinal endoscopy, particularly for colorectal cancer screening, and increasing emphasis on health care quality, highlight the need for clearly defined, evidence-based processes to support quality improvement in endoscopy. To identify processes and indicators of quality and safety relevant to high-quality endoscopy service delivery. A multidisciplinary group of 35 voting participants developed recommendation statements and performance indicators. Systematic literature searches generated 50 initial statements that were revised iteratively following a modified Delphi approach using a web-based evaluation and voting tool. Statement development and evidence evaluation followed the AGREE (Appraisal of Guidelines, REsearch and Evaluation) and GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation) guidelines. At the consensus conference, participants voted anonymously on all statements using a 6-point scale. Subsequent web-based voting evaluated recommendations for specific, individual quality indicators, safety indicators and mandatory endoscopy reporting fields. Consensus was defined a priori as agreement by 80% of participants. Consensus was reached on 23 recommendation statements addressing the following: ethics (statement 1: agreement 100%), facility standards and policies (statements 2 to 9: 90% to 100%), quality assurance (statements 10 to 13: 94% to 100%), training, education, competency and privileges (statements 14 to 19: 97% to 100%), endoscopy reporting standards (statements 20 and 21: 97% to 100%) and patient perceptions (statements 22 and 23: 100%). Additionally, 18 quality indicators (agreement 83% to 100%), 20 safety indicators (agreement 77% to 100%) and 23 recommended endoscopy-reporting elements (agreement 91% to 100%) were identified. The consensus process identified a clear need for high-quality clinical and outcomes research to support quality improvement in the delivery of endoscopy services. The guidelines support quality improvement in endoscopy by providing explicit recommendations on systematic monitoring, assessment and modification of endoscopy service delivery to yield benefits for all patients affected by the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy.
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               Jae Cha (2014)
              The motivation for improving quality of gastrointestinal endoscopy begins with the desire to provide patients with the best possible care. Gastrointestinal endoscopy is an excellent area for quality improvement because of its high volume, significant associated risk and expense, and variability in its performance affecting outcomes. Therefore, the assurance that high-quality endoscopic procedures are performed has taken increased importance. The 'Korean Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Research Foundation' and 'Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy', as ladders in promoting the highest quality patient care, formed endoscopy quality evaluation in 'National Cancer Screening Program' and'Endoscopy Unit Accreditation' in Korea. However, both new systems have not settled down despite efforts of many years and support by the government. In this article, the past and present of quality improvement of gastrointestinal endoscopy will be reviewed, and the future of quality improvement of gastrointestinal endoscopy will be illuminated.

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                Department of Internal Medicine, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
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                Correspondence: Kyung Sik Park. Department of Internal Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Keimyung University School of Medicine, 56 Dalseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu 700-712, Korea. Tel: +82-53-250-7088, Fax: +82-53-250-7442, seenae99@
                Clin Endosc
                Clin Endosc
                Clinical Endoscopy
                The Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
                July 2015
                24 July 2015
                : 48
                : 4
                : 279-284
                Copyright © 2015 Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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