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

Joana Guimarães, António Afonso, Davide Carvalho, Ana Paula Marques, Teresa Martins, Mário Rui Mascarenhas, Conceição Pereira, Dírcea Rodrigues, Catarina Saraiva, Helena Cardoso


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.


Endocrinology; National Health Programs; Portugal

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