Douglass, A.; Bramble, M.G.; Barrison, I.G.
April 2003
Gut;Apr2003 Supplement 1, Vol. 52, pA112
Academic Journal
Introduction: The BSG working party report 2001 serves as a guide to the facilities and workload that trusts are expected to provide and serves as a benchmark to enable units to plan service and equipment improvements in order to sustain an increasing demand for Gl services. Aims and Objectives: To ascertain the workload intensities of JAG registered units in the UK. Methods: All endoscopy units registered with JAG were asked to complete a questionnaire detailing the level of endoscopy activity, endoscopy staffing, and unit size. Units that did not reply were sent two further reminders. Number of endoscopy rooms was used as a surrogate marker of unit size. The results of the 150 (76.5%) units that responded are presented. Results: There were 19, 90, 27, and 14 units with 1,2, 3 and 4+ endoscopy rooms, respectively. The workload for upper Gl endoscopy (per 1000 population, per year) can be seen in Table 1. Smaller units performed significantly more procedures per room, per year, as outlined in Table 2. Conclusions: Units were working at intensities comparable to those estimated in the BSG report. Larger units perrorm more sigmoidoscopies and ERCP per population. Smaller units have rooms that are perform a greater number of procedures. This intensity of work may impinge on teaching time without adequate safeguards.


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