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Reumatol Clin. 2014 Mar-Apr;10(2):85-8. doi: 10.1016/j.reuma.2013.05.012. Epub 2013 Nov 17.

Rheumatology assistance care in Catalonia (Spain): year 2012.

[Article in English, Spanish]

Author information

1
Servei de Reumatologia, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Barcelona, España. Electronic address: dgrados23@hotmail.com.
2
Servei de Reumatologia, Hospital Universitari de la Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, España.
3
Servei de Reumatologia, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Barcelona, España.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the current state of Rheumatology in Catalonia (Spain) and to update information regarding previous studies

METHODS:

STUDY DESIGN:

observational, descriptive and transversal.

SAMPLE:

Physicians practicing rheumatology in the public system of Catalonia. An epidemiological questionnaire was sent to all rheumatologists. The results were compared with previously published studies.

RESULTS:

Information was obtained on 130 rheumatologists (62 men/68 women, mean age 47±9 years). Seventy five (57.7%) physicians worked at a hospital, 5 (3.8%) in primary care and 50 (38.5%) in both. Seven (11.9%) hospitals had no rheumatologist. Eight hospitals were accredited by the National Commission to develop a training program in Rheumatology. The number of residents accredited by each hospital was variable.

CONCLUSIONS:

The number of rheumatologists in the public health sector in Catalonia has increased 4.8% during the last seven years, unlike the 2005 study in which there was an increase of 40% over the previous eight years. There were 7 hospitals without a rheumatologist.

KEYWORDS:

Asistencia; Cataluña; Manpower; Number of rheumatologist in Catalonia; Reumatología; Rheumatology; Sanidad pública; Workforce

PMID:
24252627
DOI:
10.1016/j.reuma.2013.05.012
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