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Table 1 Characteristics of the initial prescriptions of statins issued in Scania, Sweden, between March 2004 and March 2006, by Health Care District and specifying prescription of simvastatin (i.e., recommended drug).

From: Understanding the effects of a decentralized budget on physicians' compliance with guidelines for statin prescription – a multilevel methodological approach

  Whole Scania North-West North-East Central South-West South-East
  All Simvastatin All Simvastatin All Simvastatin All Simvastatin All Simvastatin All Simvastatin
Number of prescriptions (Public HCCs) 110,827 68,372 (62%) 27,562 17,138 (62%) 19,145 12,978 (68%) 27,509 15,932 (58%) 28,373 16,264 (57%) 8,328 6,060 (74%)
Number of prescriptions (Private HCCs) 72,082 36,256 (50%) 20,270 9,958 (53%) 7,801 4,656 (64%) 7,922 4,342 (58%) 34,024 13,224 (42%) 7,272 4,076 (60%)
Men Public/private 56/55 55/55 53/55 53/55 55/55 55/56 58/52 57/52 56/55 56/55 57/55 57/54
Mean age in years (Public/private) 67/66 67/65 67/67 67/66 68/68 67/68 67/65 67/65 66/66 66/66 68/67 68/67
Number of HCAs (Public/private) 14/5   3/1   3/1   3/1   3/1   2/1  
Number of HCCs (Public/private) 136/115   29/28   25/13   36/18   39/41   7/15  
Percentage of prescriptions from HCCs that participated in information campaign (Public/private) 82/22 82/28 98/24 97/27 97/80 97/80 100/47 100/50 33/0 31/0 100/34 100/36
Percentage of prescriptions from HCCs with own budget administration (Public) 71 71 83 81 87 86 91 89 38 42 35 36
Percentage of prescriptions from specialist physician (Public/private) 34/37 37/34 29/38 32/33 32/4 35/2 35/41 37/43 38/48 42/46 35/15 36/20
DDD/inhabitants/day for statins
DDD/inhabitants/day, 2004 131   153   127   110   132   129  
DDD/inhabitants/day, 2005 152   180   147   126   152   154  
DDD/inhabitants/day, 2006 177   207   171   147   178   186  
  1. HCC = outpatient health care centre.