Is there a change in patient preference for a female colonoscopist during the last decade in Korea?

Jung Min Lee, Eun Sun Kim, Hoon Jai Chun, In Kyung Yoo, Jae Min Lee, Seung Han Kim, Hyuk Soon Choi, Bora Keum, Yeon Seok Seo, Hong Sik Lee, Yoon Tae Jeen, Jong Jae Park, Sang Woo Lee, Soon Ho Um, Chang Duck Kim

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Background/Aims: Patients may feel embarrassed during colonoscopy. Our study aimed to assess changes in patient preference, over the past decade, for the sex of their colonoscopist. Methods: Prospective studies were performed at a single health center from July to September 2008, and from July to September 2016. Subjects included colonoscopy patients (2008: 354, 2016: 304) who were asked to complete a questionnaire before colonoscopy. Results: In 2016, 69 patients (24.9%) expressed a sex preference, compared with 46 patients (14.6%) in 2008. By 2016, female patient preference for a female colonoscopist had significantly increased to 95% (odds ratio [OR], 2.678; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.418– 5.057; p=0.002). In multivariate analysis, patient sex (OR, 4.404; p=0.000), patient age (OR, 0.977; 95% CI, 0.961–0.992; p=0.004), and year of procedure (OR, 1.674; 95% CI, 1.028–2.752) were statistically significant factors in sex preference. Between 2008 and 2016, female patients preferred a female colonoscopist because of embarrassment. Male patients also preferred a male colonoscopist, and the primary reason shifted from expertise to patient embarrassment (2008: 29%, 2016: 63%). Conclusions: Patients have an increased gender preference for the colonoscopist because of embarrassment. Taking this into account can increase patient satisfaction during colonoscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Endoscopy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a 2014 Weolbong grant from the Korean Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Research Foundation and by a grant from Korea University.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.


  • Colonoscopist
  • Embarrassment
  • Sex preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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