Gut and Liver https://doi.org/10.5009/gnl19108 Real-World National Colonoscopy Volume in Korea: A Nationwide Population-Based Study over 12 Years
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Jae Myung Cha1 , Min Seob Kwak1 , Hyun-Soo Kim2 , Su Young Kim2 , Sohee Park3 , Geun U Park4 , Jung Kuk Lee5 , Soo Jin Kim6 , Hun Hee Lee6 , Joo Sung Kim7 , Won Ho Kim8 , for the Big Data Research Group of the Korean Society of Gastroenterology
1Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, 2Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, 3Department of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University, 4Department of Biostatics and Computing, Yonsei University, Seoul, 5Department of Biostatistics, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, 6Department of Biostatistics, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, 7Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University School of Medicine, and 8Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Hyun-Soo Kim
Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, 20 Ilsan-ro, Wonju 26426, Korea
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Abstract
Background/Aims: Little is known about the national colonoscopy volume in Asian countries. This study aimed to assess the national colonoscopy volume in Korea over a 12-year period on the basis of a nationwide population-based database. Methods: We conducted a population-based study for colonoscopy claims (14,511,158 colonoscopies performed on 13,219,781 patients) on the basis of the Korean National Health Insurance Service database from 2002 to 2013. The 12-year national colonoscopy burden was analyzed according to patient age, patient sex, and healthcare facility type. Results: The overall volume of colonoscopy increased 8-fold over the 12-year period. The annual colonoscopic polypectomy rate significantly increased in all patient sex and age groups over the 12-years period (all p<0.001). The yearly colonoscopic polypectomy rate for men was significantly increased compared with that for women (2.3% vs 1.7%, p<0.001) and for the screening-age group compared with that for the young-age group (2.0% vs 1.6%, p<0.001). The yearly colonoscopic polypectomy rate relative to the total colonoscopy volume significantly increased in primary, secondary, and tertiary facilities by 2.4%, 1.9%, and 1.4% during the 12-year period (all p<0.001). In addition, the annual colonoscopy volume covered by high-volume facilities significantly increased by 1.8% in primary healthcare facilities over the 12-year period (p<0.001). Conclusions: Healthcare resources should be prioritized to allow adequate colonoscopic capacity, especially for men, individuals in the screening-age group, and at primary healthcare facilities. Cost-effective strategies to improve the quality of colonoscopy may focus on primary healthcare facilities and high-volume facilities in Korea.
Keywords: Big data; Colonoscopy; Polypectomy; Population
Abstract
Background/Aims: Little is known about the national colonoscopy volume in Asian countries. This study aimed to assess the national colonoscopy volume in Korea over a 12-year period on the basis of a nationwide population-based database. Methods: We conducted a population-based study for colonoscopy claims (14,511,158 colonoscopies performed on 13,219,781 patients) on the basis of the Korean National Health Insurance Service database from 2002 to 2013. The 12-year national colonoscopy burden was analyzed according to patient age, patient sex, and healthcare facility type. Results: The overall volume of colonoscopy increased 8-fold over the 12-year period. The annual colonoscopic polypectomy rate significantly increased in all patient sex and age groups over the 12-years period (all p<0.001). The yearly colonoscopic polypectomy rate for men was significantly increased compared with that for women (2.3% vs 1.7%, p<0.001) and for the screening-age group compared with that for the young-age group (2.0% vs 1.6%, p<0.001). The yearly colonoscopic polypectomy rate relative to the total colonoscopy volume significantly increased in primary, secondary, and tertiary facilities by 2.4%, 1.9%, and 1.4% during the 12-year period (all p<0.001). In addition, the annual colonoscopy volume covered by high-volume facilities significantly increased by 1.8% in primary healthcare facilities over the 12-year period (p<0.001). Conclusions: Healthcare resources should be prioritized to allow adequate colonoscopic capacity, especially for men, individuals in the screening-age group, and at primary healthcare facilities. Cost-effective strategies to improve the quality of colonoscopy may focus on primary healthcare facilities and high-volume facilities in Korea.
Keywords: Big data; Colonoscopy; Polypectomy; Population
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