Social and demographic profile of Unified Health System users in a medium-sized city of southern Brazil

Authors

  • Simone Gomes Dias de Oliveira Federal University of Pelotas
  • Pedro Henrique Azambuja Carvalho Federal University of Pelotas
  • Rafael Guerra Lund Federal University of Pelotas

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v11i1.8641560

Keywords:

Unified Health System, Health profile, Social conditions, Brazil

Abstract

Aim: The use of health services is a complex behavior and results from a series of determinants that includes the users’ social and demographic characteristics. The current survey interprets the social and demographic profile of Unified Health System (UHS; SUS in Portuguese) users from Pelotas RS Brazil, which was conducted by interviews with 333 users from five Health Basic Units (HBUs). Methods: The social and demographic characterization was deployed by the variables sex, age, occupation, city/town or district of origin, number of family members, use of continuous medication, diseases and family income. Results: HBU users were mostly women (82.4%), within the 30-40-year-old age range (21.4%), housewives (36.3%) from Pelotas (96.2%) and from the district of Fragata (26.1%). Families of users comprise mostly two to four members (66.6%), with an income of one to two minimum wages (66.2%). Fifty-one percent of the interviewees do not use continuous medication, while hypertension was the most cited disease (51.8%). Conclusions: An understanding of HBU users’ characteristics and their associated social and demographic context may contribute towards a better reception and may confirm the UHS contribution towards universality and equality of public health care.

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Author Biographies

Simone Gomes Dias de Oliveira, Federal University of Pelotas

DDS, MSc student in Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas

Pedro Henrique Azambuja Carvalho, Federal University of Pelotas

Undergraduate student, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas

Rafael Guerra Lund, Federal University of Pelotas

DDS, MSc, PhD in Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas

Published

2015-11-03

How to Cite

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Oliveira SGD de, Carvalho PHA, Lund RG. Social and demographic profile of Unified Health System users in a medium-sized city of southern Brazil. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2015 Nov. 3 [cited 2022 Dec. 9];11(1):97-71. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8641560

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