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Table 3 Proportion of providers conducting activities and time spent on activities when observed

From: Health care provider time in public primary care facilities in Lima, Peru: a cross-sectional time motion study

  Outpatient Inpatient/urgent Other Total
Frequency Duration (minutes) if done Frequency Duration (minutes) if done Frequency Duration (minutes) if done Frequency Duration (minutes) if done
% Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD)
A: Doctors   (N = 49)   (N = 7)   (N = 3)   (N = 59)
Patient-facing care and communication 100% 110 (39) 100% 45 (39) 9% 3 95% 97 (47)
Use of paper records 98% 132 (51) 100% 64 (48) 100% 46 (34) 99% 115 (58)
Use of computerized records 34% 26 (22) 20% 89 45% 8 (14) 33% 31 (29)
B: Nurses   (N = 46)   (N = 5)   (N = 7)   (N = 57)
Patient-facing care and communication 99% 82 (58) 100% 110 (52) 100% 45 (19) 99% 86 (56)
Use of paper records 100% 97 (56) 100% 48 (42) 100% 35 (38) 100% 83 (57)
Use of computerized records 49% 35 (42) 62% 18 (23) 52% 44 (41) 52% 32 (38)
C: Midwives   (N = 46)   (N = 8)   (N = 3)   (N = 57)
Patient-facing care and communication 97% 130 (79) 100% 93 (74) 100% 81 (38) 98% 115 (77)
Use of paper records 100% 141 (62) 100% 55 (22) 100% 114 (35) 100% 110 (65)
Use of computerized records 65% 35 (28) 66% 61 (36) 13% 7 63% 44 (32)
  1. Frequency is the proportion of providers observed to do each activity at least once; duration is mean minutes per activity among providers observed in that activity. Standard deviations not calculated for cells with a single observation
  2. Outpatient includes consultations and triage. Hospitalization includes emergency, hospitalization, and obstetric center shifts. Other includes administrative work, home visits, and shifts with multiple classifications
  3. Bold highlight indicates significant difference (p < 0.05) from outpatient shifts for that cadre