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Table 3 Information sources: characteristics and limitations

From: Trends of cross-border mobility of physicians and nurses between Portugal and Spain

Health workforce Variables Comments
Information sources
Medical Council (Ordem dos Médicos) Name • Only demographic characteristics and geographical distribution based on the area of residence.
Residence
Registration Age
Year of graduation • Lack of information on register updating as a result of long-term absence, death, or retirement.
School of graduation
Specialization (most of the times)
Nursing Council (Ordem dos Enfermeiros) Name • Demographic characteristics and geographical distribution based on place of work.
Address
Registration Age • Lack of information on register updating as a result of long-term absence, death, or retirement.
  Year of graduation
School of graduation
Place of work
Specialization
Dental Council (Ordem dos Médicos dentistas) Name • Demographic characteristics and geographical distribution based on the area of residence and work.
  Address
Registration Age
Year of graduation • Lack of information on register updating as a result of long-term absence, death, or retirement.
School of graduation
Place of work
Residence
Nationality
Pharmacy Council (Ordem dos Farmacêuticos) Name • Demographic characteristics and geographical distribution based on the area of residence.
Address
Registration Age • Lack of information on register updating as a result of long-term absence, death, or retirement.
Sex
Professional area
INE, Statistics Portugal Resident population according to sector of activity. • The national population censuses provide the broadest picture available of the workforce in general and of the healthcare workforce
National population census
• Last one in 2011.
INE, Statistics Portugal   • INE uses the databases from the administrative proceedings of professional association (Councils and Labour unions).
Health workforce statistics
Central Administration of the National Health Service, Ministry of Health (ACSS Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde) Annual data • Personnel working in the National Health Service (mainland, not including the islands of Azores and Madeira).
Nationality
Profession
Age • Comparison of data in temporal trends is possible only for national aggregated data.
Sex
Health personnel database Place of work (Health Region, hospital, primary healthcare)
Professional specialization
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs - Strategy and planning office (Ministério do Trabalho e da Segurança Social - Gabinete de estratégia e planeamento) Annual data • The legal imperative of providing the information exists for all the enterprises but the practice is that the public ones do not perform this duty regularly.
Workers nationality
Remuneration
Contract types
Personnel list from all the enterprises with workers (Quadro de pessoal) Remunerated number of hours by month, normal and supplementary hours
Portuguese Foreigners and Border Affairs Department (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) Nationality • Information on foreigners; the declared profession maybe different from that the person had on its country of origin.
Profession that allows to have means of living at the moment of request of residency
Request of residency in Portugal Age, sex
Level of education