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Table 3 Complexity of pharmacotherapy of the elderly related to the number of medicines used according to each section of the MRCI

From: Evaluation of pharmacotherapy complexity in residents of long-term care facilities: a cross-sectional descriptive study

n MRCI (mean) Section A (n) Section B (n) Section C (n) Number of medicines
15 3.9 08 04 03 01
20 7.0 10 06 04 02
18 10.4 02 08 08 03
30 14.3 05 12 13 04
09 18.1 02 03 04 05
15 21.8 02 10 03 06
11 27.0 03 04 04 07
03 30.3 00 00 03 08
01 44.0 01 00 00 10
01 43.0 00 01 00 11
01 49.0 00 00 01 12
01 59.0 00 01 00 13
Total n (%) - 33 (26.4) 49 (39.2) 43 (34.4) -
Mean (SD) 15.1 (±9.8) 4.6 (±3.0) 5.5 (±3.6) 4.9 (±3.7) -
  1. N represents the number of the elderly included in the study (n = 125). Sergipe, Brazil, 2015
  2. Section A: dosage forms present in pharmacotherapy
  3. Section B: dose frequency for each medication of pharmacotherapy
  4. Section C: additional instructions, if present in the medication