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ISRN Oncol. 2013 Oct 8;2013:341565. doi: 10.1155/2013/341565. eCollection 2013.

The Practice of Medical Oncology in Morocco: The National Study of the Moroccan Group of Trialist in Medical Oncology (EVA-Onco).

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Department of Medical Oncology, National Institute of Oncology, Quartier Irfane, Hay Riad, 10080 Rabat, Morocco.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the current shortfall of medical oncologists (MOs) and the projected supply.

BACKGROUND:

Morocco, the medical oncology (MO) is a relatively new specialty. Medical oncology was recognized as a separate specialty in 1994 but the real taking-off was done only since the 2000s after the creation of the chair of medical oncology in the University of Rabat. The GRIOMM (Moroccan group of trialist in medical oncology) was created in 2011 and conducted its first study, EVA-onco, concerning the practice of medical oncology in Morocco in 2011.

DESIGN:

EVA-onco is a prospective study concerning the practice of medical oncology in Morocco in 2011.

RESULTS:

The entire public cancer centers completed the survey. There were no missing data. The number of medical oncologist per 100000/habitants in Morocco was 0.09. The average number of new patients seen per medical oncologist was 718 patients (ranging by state from 97 to 1875). The shortfall of MOs was estimated at 26 at least in 2011 according to the national recommendations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Since 2010, a national strategy to increase the capacity of MO workforce existed. The current shortfall of MO is expected to disappear in the future.

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