Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 130-132

Impact of open access endoscopy on early diagnosis, treatment and gastrointestinal radiology service

Department of Internal Medicine, Armed Forces Hospital, P.O. Box 101, Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Wasim Uddin
Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist, Armed Forces Hospital, P.O. Box 101, Khamis Mushayt
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 19864790

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The objective is to compare the endoscopic findings before and after initiation of open access and its effect on gastrointestinal radiology services. The data of endoscopic findings before open access endoscopy (July, 1989-June, 1992) and after open access endoscopy (July, 1992-June, 1995) was collected from the records of the endoscopy unit. Similarly, data of barium meals for the same periods was collected from the radiology department. An X 2 test was used to compare the endoscopic findings before and after open access policy. It is found that open access endoscopy increased the workload in the endoscopy unit but at the same time reduced the number of gastrointestinal radiological procedures. It reduced the waiting period for endoscopy and this helped in making early diagnosis and initiation of appropriate treatment.

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