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[How much is the workload of surgeons in Scandinavia?].

Authors
  • Haffner, J
  • Moesgaard, F
  • Leppäniemi, A
  • Magnusson, J
  • Kvernebo, K
  • Wallin, G
  • Engarås, B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nordisk medicin
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1998
Volume
113
Issue
10
Identifiers
PMID: 9894411
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

According to figures presented at the Bianniul General Meeting of the Scandinavian Surgical Society, the mean number of operations performed per surgeon at some clinics of different sizes in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden ranged from 90 to 240 in 1996. This corresponds to 2.6 to 8.5 hours actual operating time, though figures are misleading since time spent assisting at operations, or on endoscopies, minor diagnostics and outpatient procedures, and essential pre- and post-operative tasks is not included. This level of operative activity is considered barely sufficient for training surgeons or for maintaining surgical skills. Surgeons could devote more time to surgery if a greater proportion of their non-surgical workload was taken over by other hospital staff, which would also reduce the number of surgeons required.

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