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Table 2 Delivery of clinical care and clinical volumes* reported by respondents from Africa and other countries to a global medical oncology workload survey (n = 1115)

From: Cancer care workforce in Africa: perspectives from a global survey

  Africa N = 36 Other Countries N = 1079 P-Value
Delivery of clinical CARE
 Work Week
  No. Days Worked/Week (median) 5 5 0.882
  No. Hours Worked/Week (median) 41–50 41–50 0.642
 Leave
  No. Annual Weeks of Vacation (median) 4 4 0.195
  No. Annual Weeks Conference Leave (median) 1.5 2 0.433
 On-Call Duties^
  No. Days On-call/month (median) 6.5 3 0.002
  Respondents On-Call Every Night (n (%)) 10 (35) 193 (26) 0.284
 Allocation of Duties
  % Time on Clinical Duties (mean) 62 63 0.756
  % Time on Research (mean) 14 14 0.825
  % Time on Teaching (mean) 13 9 < 0.001
  % Time on Administration (mean) 13 14 0.650
Clinical Volumes
 No. Annual New Consults (median) 325 175 0.001
    100 N (%) 6 (17) 284 (26)  
  101–200 7 (19) 351 (33)  
  201–300 4 (11) 189 (18)  
  301–400 5 (14) 62 (6)  
  401–500 3 (8) 52 (5)  
   > 500 11 (31) 129 (12)  
 No. Patients Seen Per Clinic Day (median) 25 25 0.035
   < 10 N (%) 2 (6) 107 (10)  
  10–20 12 (33) 423 (39)  
  21–30 8 (22) 322 (30)  
  31–40 7 (19) 120 (11)  
   > 40 7 (19) 102 (9)  
  1. Small amounts of data were missing for number of annual new consults (n = 12) and number of patients seen per clinic day (n = 5). On call duties had a large amount of missing information, with only 29 respondents from Africa and 754 respondents from other countries replying to this item
  2. *Per full day of out-patient clinic