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Table 4 Services provided by 46 STMMs to the South Pacific and 25 STMMs to Central America

From: A comparative study of Taiwan's short-term medical missions to the South Pacific and Central America

   Region South Pacific N =46 Central America N =25 P value
Size (person/mission) 9.07 ± 0.46 10.84 ± 0.41 < 0.01
Primary care professionals 7.43 ± 0.36 9.24 ± 0.39 < 0.005
 Doctors 5.35 ± 0.24 6.12 ± 0.31  
 Nurses 1.59 ± 0.13 2.16 ± 0.07  
 Pharmacists 0.49 ± 0.08 0.96 ± 0.09  
Working day (days/mission) 8.37 ± 0.28 9.24 ± 0.38 0.0685
Patient (patients/mission) 711 ± 54 2087 ± 314 < 0.001
Location (locations/mission) 2.70 ± 0.32 4.28 ± 0.48 < 0.01
 Hospital 1.31 ± 0.09 1.40 ± 0.24  
 Primary care center 0.72 ± 0.20 1.24 ± 0.34  
 Community (e.g. school) 0.67 ± 0.15 1.64 ± 0.52  
Education (%)    
 For health workers    
  Knowledge and skills in health care 46 (100.0) 21 (84) < 0.05
  Equipment administration 34 (73.9) 7 (28) < 0.001
  Drug administration 23 (50.0) 3 (12) < 0.005
For the general population    
  Public health 46 (100.0) 23 (92) 0.12