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Table 2 Characteristics and health service attributes of health workers and facilities providing treatment and care for cervical cancer

From: Health system constraints affecting treatment and care among women with cervical cancer in Harare, Zimbabwe

VariableNumber of health workers [N = 78] (%)
Age
 Mean (years)37.3
Gender
 Male15 (19)
 Female63 (81)
Years of experience
 Mean (years)11.5
Health Facilities
 Harare hospital26 (33)
 Parirenyatwa hospital42 (54)
 Island Hospice10 (13)
Received on-the-job training for cervical cancer treatment or palliative care
 No22 (28)
 Yes56 (72)
Perception of being adequately trained to provide cervical cancer treatment and palliative care
 No22 (28)
 Yes56 (72)
Health facilities have clinical guidelines for cervical cancer treatment and palliative care
 No59 (76)
 Yes19 (24)
Have knowledge or read National Cancer Prevention and Control Policy (201342018)
 No30 (38)
 Yes48 (62)
Have knowledge or read Zimbabwe Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Strategy (2016–2020)
 No30 (38)
 Yes48 (62)
Perceptions of adequacy of policies and strategies for treatment and care of cervical cancer patients
 No44 (56)
 Yes34 (44)
Perceptions of strength of surveillance system for cervical cancer
 No60 (77)
 Yes18 (23)
Motivated to provide services
 No24 (31)
 Yes54 (69)
Working conditions
 Excellent4 (5)
 Good54 (69)
 Poor20 (26)
Perceptions of adequate number of health workers
 No69 (88)
 Yes9 (12)
Perceptions of histological investigation capacity from suspected cervical cancer patients
 No33 (42)
 Yes45 (58)
Perceptions of access to treatment and care by patients
 No41 (53)
 Yes37 (47)
Payment methods for services by majority of patients
 Out-of-of pocket49 (63)
 Medical aid26 (33)
 Social Welfare3 (4)
Challenges faced by most patients in seeking treatment and care
 Transport29 (37)
 Finances49 (63)
Proposed solutions to improve access to treatment and care for cervical cancer
 Free treatment46 (59)
 Built more treating facilities13 (17)
 Government to assist people to seek treatment abroad8 (10)
 Increase human resources capacity7 (9)
 Other4 (5)
Perceive adequate basic equipment available
 No33 (42)
 Yes45 (58)
Perceive functional equipment available
 No42 (54)
 Yes36 (46)
Perceive back up of major equipment available
 No61 (78)
 Yes17 (22)
Perceive analgesic stock-outs of at least once in previous 3 months
 No61 (78)
 Yes17 (22)
Perceive contingency plans for major drugs for cervical cancer available
 No19 (24)
 Yes59 (76)