Skip to main content

Table 4 Number of medical physicists per country compared to the numbers recommended by the IAEA

From: Radiotherapy in the Caribbean: a spotlight on the human resource and equipment challenges among CARICOM nations

Country Existing Recommended1 (per population) Absolute difference (per population) Recommended2 (patient based) Absolute difference (patient based)
Antigua and Barbuda 2 < 1 1 < 1* 1
The Bahamas 2 2 0 1 1
Barbados 1 1 0 2 − 1
Belize 0; NRM 2 − 2 < 1 − 1
Dominica 0; NRM < 1 − 1 < 1* − 1
Grenada 0; NRM < 1 − 1 < 1* − 1
Guyana 1 4 − 3 1 0
Haiti 0; NRM 56 − 56 17 − 17
Jamaica 9 15 − 6 10 − 1
St. Kitts and Nevis 0; NRM < 1 − 1 < 1* − 1
St. Lucia 0; NRM < 1 − 1 < 1 − 1
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 0; NRM < 1 − 1 < 1* − 1
Suriname 1 3 − 2 1 0
Trinidad and Tobago 6 7 − 1 5 1
All countries 22 96 − 74 44 − 22
  1. NRM no radiotherapy machine
  2. *Using average crude incidence ratio (new cases/population) of the nine CARICOM nations with known incidence data from GLOBOCAN = 0.00206 (95% CI = 0.00082)
  3. 1One per 200 000 persons (per population) and using World Bank population data 2019 revision
  4. 2One per 400 patients/year (using radiation utilization rate of 55% and GLOBOCAN data)