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Table 2 Descriptive and comparative analysis of sociodemographic characteristics and diseases regarding the type of case

From: Administrative cases: an effective alternative to lawsuits in assuring access to medicines?

Variables Total
(n = 969)
Lawsuits
(n = 511)
Administratives cases
(n = 458)
p
Age (years)
 Mean (SD)1 44.2 + 24.6 42.8 + 24.7 45.7 + 24.4 0.0983
 Median (IQR)2 50.0 (23.0–64.0) 43.0 (20.0–64.0) 52.0 (26.0–64.3)  
Plaintiffs’ monthly income (US$)
 Mean (SD)1 949.18 + 754.47 1058.70 + 827.49 815.32+  632.78 <  0.0013
 Median (IQR)2 717.97 (498.93–1046.53) 778.81 (551.10–1131.71) 644.95 (438.08–851.83)  
Cost of Medicines(US$)
 Mean (SD)1 426.53+  902.77 353.93+  1036.91 507.56+  716.87 <  0.0013
 Median (IQR)2 122.88 (35.03–455.50) 96.92 (34.34–285.99) 205.94 (40.06–670.56)  
Sex
 Male 535 (55.2) 292 (57.1) 243 (53.1) 0.2024
 Female 434 (44.8) 219 (42.9) 215 (46.9)  
Prescription’s Origin
 Prescribed by a SUS clinician 322 (49.1) 77 (28.2) 245 (64.0) <  0.0014
 Prescribed by a private system clinician 334 (50.9) 196 (71.8) 138 (36.0)  
Amount of medication(s)
 Mean (SD)1 2.4 + 2.0 2.9 + 2.4 1.8 + 1.0 <  0.0013
 Median (IQR)2 2.0 (1.0–3.0) 2.0 (1.0–4.0) 2.0 (1.0–2.0)  
Diseases6
 Certain infectious and parasitic diseases 9 (0.9) 5 (1.0) 4 (0.9) 1.0005
 Neoplasms 13 (1.3) 7 (1.4) 6 (1.3) 0.9364
 Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism 19 (2.0) 4 (0.8) 15 (3.3) 0.0054
 Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases 235 (24.3) 71 (13.9) 164 (35.8) < 0.0014
 Mental and behavioural disorders 82 (8.5) 77 (15.1) 5 (1.1) < 0.0014
 Diseases of the nervous system 167 (17.2) 84 (16.4) 83 (18.1) 0.4884
 Diseases of the eye and adnexa 40 (4.1) 17 (3.3) 23 (5.0) 0.1884
 Diseases of the ear and mastoid process 4 (0.4) 4 (0.9) 0.0405
 Diseases of the circulatory system 170 (17.5) 109 (21.3) 61 (13.3) 0.0014
 Diseases of the respiratory system 44 (4.5) 17 (3.3) 27 (5.9) 0.0554
 Diseases of the digestive system 62 (6.4) 27 (5.3) 35 (7.6) 0.1344
 Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue 2 (0.2) 2 (0.4) 0.2235
 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 75 (7.7) 28 (5.5) 47 (10.3) 0.0054
 Diseases of the genitourinary system 156 (16.1) 139 (27.2) 17 (3.7) < 0.0014
 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period 1 (0.1) 1 (0.2) 0.4735
 Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities 1 (0.1) 1 (0.2) 0.4735
 Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes 2 (0.2) 2 (0.4) 0.2235
 External causes of morbidity and mortality 1 (0.1) 1 (0.2) 0.4735
  1. 1Standard deviation; 2Interquartile range; 3Mann-Whitney Test; 4Pearson’s chi-squared Test; 5Fisher’s Exact Test; 6Diseases were classified acording to the chapters of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)