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2010, Volume 26, Number 3, Page(s) 183-188     
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DOI: 10.5146/tjpath.2010.01022
A Survey on Pathology Laboratories of the Ministry of Health Gynecology Hospitals in Turkey
Hatice Dilek BÜLBÜL1, Alp USUBÜTÜN2
1S.B. Etlik Zübeyde Hanım Kadın Hastalıkları Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Patoloji Bölümü, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE
2Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE

1Department of Pathology, M.H. Etlik Zübeyde Hanım Gynecology and Obstetrics Education and Research Hospital, ANKARA, TURKEY
2Department of Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, ANKARA, TURKEY

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

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.

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