Table 3– Staffing of the respiratory units surveyed
GlobalSmall hospitalsMedium hospitalsLarge hospitalsp-value#
Units n/N422/425139/140144/145139/140
Respiratory specialists
 n6.3 (2.9–15)4.1 (2.1–15.6)6.1 (2.07–32)8.8 (4.5–17.2)<0.001
 n per 1000 beds14.7 (7.05–74.3)22.1 (7.5–88.9)12.8 (3.9–80.0)9.4 (4.8–14.7)<0.001
Respiratory trainees
 n3.7 (1.3–9.6)2.04 (0.4–10.6)3.3 (0.8–13.2)5.9 (2.4–9)<0.001
 n per 1000 beds7.7 (3.1–42.6)9.9 (1.4–51.7)6.8 (1.6–30.0)6.3 (2.1–9.6)0.074
Physiotherapists
 n2.1 (0.6–6)1.6 (0.3–3.4)2.01 (0–13.2)2.5 (0.6–6.5)0.021
 n per 1000 beds5.05 (1.6–20.0)8.3 (2.4–20.0)4.1 (0–26.2)2.6 (0.6–8.0)<0.001
Nurse specialists
 n7.9 (0–63.6)5.9 (0–69)11.4 (0–140)6.2 (0–31.5)0.245
 n per 1000 beds20.3 (0.0–272)31.5 (0–321.9)23.0 (0.0–467.5)6.5 (0.0–21.1)0.017
Lung function technicians
 n2.5 (1.3–5.6)2.01 (0.4–4.6)2.1 (1.3–5)3.4 (1.5–6.1)<0.001
 n per 1000 beds6.3 (2.3–31.2)10.7 (2.7–37.9)4.5 (2.6–12.5)3.7 (2.1–5.4)<0.001
  • Data are presented as mean (intercountry range), unless otherwise stated. #: Chi-squared test or ANOVA, as appropriate.