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ISRN Oncology
Volume 2013, Article ID 341565, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/341565
Research Article

The Practice of Medical Oncology in Morocco: The National Study of the Moroccan Group of Trialist in Medical Oncology (EVA-Onco)

1Department of Medical Oncology, National Institute of Oncology, Quartier Irfane, Hay Riad, 10080 Rabat, Morocco
2King Mohammed VI, Quartier des Hopitaux, 20360 Casablanca, Morocco
3CHU Marrakech, 53 Avenue Asif, 40 000 Marrakech, Morocco
4Regional Cancer Center, Ville Nouvelle, 50070 Meknes, Morocco
5Department of Medical Oncology, CHU Fes, Route de Sefrou, 30000 Fes, Morocco
6Department of Medical Oncology, CHU Oujda, Oujda University, 60049 Oujda, Morocco
7Department of Medical Oncology, Military Hospital, Quartier Irfane, 10080 Rabat, Morocco

Received 8 July 2013; Accepted 2 September 2013

Academic Editors: P. Bey and J. M. Zidan

Copyright © 2013 Saber Boutayeb et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To determine the current shortfall of medical oncologists (MOs) and the projected supply. Background. Morocco, the medical oncology (MO) is a relatively new specialty. Medical oncology was recognized as a separate specialty in 1994 but the real taking-off was done only since the 2000s after the creation of the chair of medical oncology in the University of Rabat. The GRIOMM (Moroccan group of trialist in medical oncology) was created in 2011 and conducted its first study, EVA-onco, concerning the practice of medical oncology in Morocco in 2011. Design. EVA-onco is a prospective study concerning the practice of medical oncology in Morocco in 2011. Results. The entire public cancer centers completed the survey. There were no missing data. The number of medical oncologist per 100000/habitants in Morocco was 0.09. The average number of new patients seen per medical oncologist was 718 patients (ranging by state from 97 to 1875). The shortfall of MOs was estimated at 26 at least in 2011 according to the national recommendations. Conclusions. Since 2010, a national strategy to increase the capacity of MO workforce existed. The current shortfall of MO is expected to disappear in the future.