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Laboratory management status of vestibular function test in Korea
TAESU KIM1, Mi Joo Kim2, Byung-Kun Kim3, Hyun Ah Kim4, Dae Woong Bae5, Miran Bae6, Seong-Cheon Bae7, Eeksung Lee8, Eun-Ju Jeon9
1Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University , Chuncheon, Korea
2Department of Otorhino-laryngology, Catholic kwandong university, International St. Mary’s hospital, Chuncheon, Korea
3Department of Neurology Eulji Hospital, Seoul, Korea
4Department of Neurology, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
5Department of Neurology, St. Vincent Hospital, Catholic University of Korea, Suwon, Korea
6Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea
7Soree ear clinic, Seoul, Korea
8Department of Neurology, Soonchunhang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Korea
9Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence  Eun-Ju Jeon ,Tel: 032-280-5877, Fax: 82 50 4411 7964, Email: ejmercy@catholic.ac.kr
Received: August 2, 2018;  Accepted: August 30, 2018.  Published online: August 30, 2018.
ABSTRACT
Objective:   This study was conducted to assess the current management status of the vestibular function test laboratories in Korea.
Method:   Questionnaire about the management status of the vestibular function test laboratories was sent by email to the entire members of the Korean Balance Society. The contents of questionnaire included situation of employees who perform the tests, the types of vestibular function tests and equipment, frequency of the test and types of dizziness related questionnaires.
Results:   Forty nine hospitals and clinics responded. All the 49 respondents answered that they have videonystagmography. Spontaneous nystagmus analysis by videonystagmogrphy was the most frequently tests for patients with dizziness. Questionnaires for dizziness were used by 27 (55.1%) respondents for initial evaluation of the dizziness patients. The Korean version of dizziness handicap inventory (K-DHI) was the most frequently used dizziness related questionnaire.
Conclusions:   We analyzed the current management status of vestibular function test laboratories to comprehend the present condition of the vestibular function test. We think that these results will help to provide a standard for laboratory operations and prepare for the education, focusing on high-demand tests.
Keywords: Vestibular function test; Vertigo; Korea; Laboratories
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