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Table 2 Professional health care and social support received by patients with need for PC in Family Health Strategy (ESF) program

From: Identification and characteristics of patients with palliative care needs in Brazilian primary care

Main service received by primary care unit Number Percent
Pharmacological drugs aquisition 58 79
Professional orientation/consult 43 59
Health supplies acquisition 8 11
Technical procedures 3 4
None 8 11
Received professional support
 Nurse 42 57
 General Practioner 40 55
 Community health agent 27 37
 Physiotherapist 7 10
 Social work 2 3
 Nutritionist 1 1
 Psychologist 0 0
 None 17 23
 Do not know 1 1
Home visit frequency
 1 or more times per week 1 1
 2 to 3 times per month 12 16
 Once per month 35 48
 Less than 1 or none per month 24 33
 Do not know 1 1
Main problem perceived in the primary care unit
 Lack of home visiting 23 31
 Waiting time for appointment scheduling 10 14
 Lack of professionals 6 8
 Lack of material or drugs 4 5
 None 30 41
Private healthcare ownership
 No 56 77
 Yes 17 23
Marital status
 Married 32.00 44
 Widower/Widow 29.00 40
 Single 9.00 12
 Divorced 3.00 4
Finance support
 Social insurance 68 93
 Family or relative support 5 7
 Institutional (non-governmental) support 0 0
Have a carer
 Yes 63 86
 No 10 14
Carer gender
 Women 50 79
 Men 13 21
Carer relationship
 Son/Daughter 30 41
 Spouse 18 25
 Mother 4 5
 Brother/Sister 4 5
 Grandson/Grandaugther 3 4
 Other 2 3
 Hired caregiver 2 3
 None 10 14
Place of living
 Home 56 89
 Other person house 7 11