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Table 6 Perceptions of 253 health professionals toward STMMs

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

Perception South Pacific N = 153 Central America N = 100 P value
Expectation    
 Health care 113 (73.9) 80 (80.0) 0.261
 Personal development 123 (80.4) 76 (76.0) 0.405
 Enhance Taiwan’s diplomatic relationship 109 (71.2) 75 (75.0) 0.512
 Training for local health providers 69 (45.1) 49 (49.0) 0.543
Belief    
 Language proficiency enhances efficiency 129 (84.3) 85 (85.0) 0.883
 Cultural awareness enhances care quality 139 (90.8) 89 (89.0) 0.630
 Education helps local health providers to improve clinical care 137 (89.5) 87 (87.0) 0.602
 Subsequent follow-up improves care outcome 142 (38.6) 91 (91.0) 0.535
Requirement of interpreter service 104 (68.0) 97 (97.0) <0.001
Ability to speak the native language    <0.001
 None 17 (11.1) 50 (50.0)  
 Basic 56 (36.6) 37 (37.0)  
 Conversational 59 (38.6) 9 (9.0)  
 Proficient 13 (8.5) 3 (3.0)  
 Fluent 8 (5.2) 1 (1.0)  
Knowledge of local culture    0.306
 None 18 (11.8) 14 (14.0)  
 A little 46 (30.1) 38 (38.0)  
 Average 70 (45.7) 42 (42.0)  
 Know well 18 (11.8) 6 (6.0)  
 Extremely familiar with 1 (0.6) 0 (0.0)  
Efficiency (%)    
 Orientation efforts were well organized 99 (64.7) 62 (62.0) 0.662
 Intra-team communication was efficient 121 (79.1) 74 (74.0) 0.347
 Time was spent efficiently 122 (79.7) 82 (82.0) 0.656
 Health care services were satisfied 129 (84.3) 86 (86.0) 0.714
 Necessary personnel were sufficient 36 (23.5) 25 (25.0) 0.789
 Interpreter services were adequate 150 (98.0) 100 (100.0) 0.159
 Education of local health providers was well organized 80 (52.3) 44 (44.0) 0.197