Endocrinology in Portugal - Census 2016. Board of the Portuguese College of Endocrinology and Nutrition of the Portuguese Medical Association

Authors

  • Joana Guimarães Serviço de Endocrinologia. Hospital Infante D. Pedro. Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga. Aveiro. Portugal.
  • António Afonso Serviço de Endocrinologia. Hospital Curry Cabral. Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Central. Lisboa. Portugal.
  • Davide Carvalho Serviço de Endocrinologia, Diabetes e Metabolismo. Centro Hospitalar S. João. Faculdade de Medicina do Porto. Porto. Portugal.
  • Ana Paula Marques Serviço de Endocrinologia. Unidade Local de Saúde de Matosinhos. Senhora da Hora. Portugal.
  • Teresa Martins Serviço de Endocrinologia. Instituto Português de Oncologia. Coimbra. Portugal.
  • Mário Rui Mascarenhas Serviço de Endocrinologia. Hospital de Santa Maria. Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte. Lisboa. Portugal.
  • Conceição Pereira Serviço de Endocrinologia. Instituto Português de Oncologia. Lisboa. Portugal.
  • Dírcea Rodrigues Serviço de Endocrinologia. Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra. Coimbra. Portugal.
  • Catarina Saraiva Serviço de Endocrinologia. Hospital Egas Moniz. Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Ocidental. Lisboa. Portugal.
  • Helena Cardoso Serviço de Endocrinologia. Hospital Santo António. Centro Hospitalar do Porto. Porto. Portugal.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20344/amp.8379

Keywords:

Endocrinology, National Health Programs, Portugal

Abstract

Introduction: On September 2016, the Board of the College of Endocrinology and Nutrition of the Portuguese Medical Association carried out a national survey, about all Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Departments of the public hospitals included in the Portuguese National Health Service and a simplified version of this survey was sent to all endocrinologists working in Portugal and registered with the Portuguese Medical Association.
Material and Methods: Data related to organizational and human resources were collected, reporting the situation by the end of year 2015. The census registered 107 individuals and 27 Departments.
Results: The ratio of endocrinologists-population was 1.4, much lower than in the other European countries (varies between 2 to 4), resulting in alarming shortages of services in some areas of Portugal and in worse quality indicators.
Discussion: These data suggest that actions should be taken to increase the number of endocrinologists and departments in the country.
Conclusion: In recent years, the number of residents has significantly increased, which will make it possible to correct this situation.

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Published

2017-09-29

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Guimarães J, Afonso A, Carvalho D, Marques AP, Martins T, Mascarenhas MR, Pereira C, Rodrigues D, Saraiva C, Cardoso H. Endocrinology in Portugal - Census 2016. Board of the Portuguese College of Endocrinology and Nutrition of the Portuguese Medical Association. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2017 Sep. 29 [cited 2023 Jan. 31];30(9):642-51. Available from: https://actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/8379

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