Table 2

Practices of ophthalmologists and cataract surgeons
Variable All (N = 17) Ophthalmologists (N = 6) NPCS (N = 11) P value
n n n
Cataract surgeries during training, mean, SD and range (R) 105 SD 39 R 65-200 133 SD 44 R 76-200 90 SD 28 R 65-160 0.03
Years worked as a surgeon, mean, SD and Range (R) 3.4 SD 2.8 R 0.9–10 5.2 SD 4.2 R 1.4–10 2.5 SD 1.1 R 0.9–4.3 0.4
Number of days performing cataract surgery/week: median (range) 1.5 (0–3) 2 (1–3) 1 (0–2) 0.05
Number of surgeries performed/day: median (range) 5 (0–20) 8.5 (2–20) 4.5 (0–15) _
Working eye unit 0.5*
Government eye unit 14 (82.4%) 4 (66.7%) 10 (90.9%)
Private/ NGO 3 (17.6%) 2 (33.3%) 1 (9.1%)
Visual cut-off point 0.03*
<3/60 12 (70.6%) 2 (33.3%) 10 (90.9%)
<6/60 2 (11.8%) 1 (16.7%) 1 (9.1%)
<6/36 2 (11.8%) 2 (33.3%) 0 (0%)
According to demand 1 (5.9%) 1 (16.7%) 0 (0%)
Type of surgeryŦ 0.009*
ECCE + PCIOL 8 (47.1%) 0 (0%) 8 (72.7%)
MSICS 9 (52.9%) 6 (100%) 3 (27.3%)
Performing outreach 0.03*
No 12 (70.6%) 2 (33.3%) 10 (90.9%)
Yes 5 (29.4%) 4 (66.7%) 1 (9.1%)
Satisfied by work environment 0.3*
No 7 (41.2%) 1 (16.7%) 6 (54.6%)
Yes 10 (58.8%) 5 (83.3%) 5 (45.6%)

† Wilcoxon rank-sum test, *Fisher’s exact test.

Ŧ Cataract surgeons (NPCS) are trained in ECCE + PCIOL surgery.

Habtamu et al.

Habtamu et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:480   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-480

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