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Table 1 Distribution of means and standard deviations of treatment access indicators, Brazilian municipalities, 2007.

From: Health services performance for TB treatment in Brazil: a cross-sectional study

Indicators of Treatment access Southeastern cities Northeastern cities
  RP SJRP ITA FS CG
  Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD
Can you obtain a medical consultation within 24 hours? 4.59 ± 1.27 4.47 ± 1.21 4.21 ± 1.42 4.34 ± 1.23 4.01 ± 1.33
Do you lose a day of work due to the consultation? 3.51 ± 1.82 3.22 ± 1.79 3.84 ± 1.72 2.89 ± 1.94 2.75 ± 1.71
Do you use any type of motorized transport to go to the consultation? 1.93 ± 1.65 1.66 ± 1.42 2.21 ± 1.78 1.71 ± 1.49 2.33 ± 1.83
Do you pay for transport to go to the consultation? 3.33 ± 1.92 2.73 ± 1.86 2.40 ± 1.86 2.44 ± 1.82 2.62 ± 1.81
During your treatment, has TB medication been lacking? 4.82 ± 0.63 4.93 ± 0.30 4.84 ± 0.71 4.93 ± 0.43 4.89 ± 0.40
Have you waited more than 60 minutes to be seen for the consultation? 4.14 ± 1.30 4.45 ± 0.85 4.08 ± 1.40 3.98 ± 1.44 3.08 ± 1.32
Does the health professional often visit you at your home? 3.85 ± 1.43 2.94 ± 1.60 2.52 ± 1.81 1.80 ± 1.28 1.59 ± 1.23
Do you do the treatment at the HU closest to your house? 2.77 ± 1.99 2.90 ± 1.70 4.16 ± 1.61 1.44 ± 1.20 2.13 ± 1.72
Total Indicator of Treatment access 3.64 ± 1.77a 3.41 ± 1.76a 3.53 ± 1.83a 2.94 ± 1.88b 2.93 ± 1.79b
Treatment access by region 3.53 ± 1.79* 2.93 ± 1.83*
  1. RP - Ribeirão Preto; FS - Feira de Santana; CG - Campina Grande; SJRP - São José do Rio Preto; ITA - Itaboraí.
  2. Note: No statistical differences were found among averages followed by the same letter in columns according to the Tukey test, with significance set at 5%.
  3. *Student t-test - p < 0.05