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Table 2 Knowledge factors and the use of anti-malarial drugs in Manyatta-B

From: Knowledge and behaviour as determinants of anti-malarial drug use in a peri-urban population from malaria holoendemic region of western Kenya

  Dependent variables
  Drugs taken Dosage used Duration used
Constants 2.021 1.231 1.778
Knowledge variables  
Symptoms for use β = 0.063, P = 0.001 β = 0.016, P = 0.849 β = 0.079, P = 0.150
Anti-malarial(s) availability β = 0.013, P = 0.020 β = 0.121, P = 0.027 β = 0.018, P = 0.722
Dosage β = 0.101, P = 0.341 β = 0.115, P = 0.279 β = 0.105, P = 0.322
Duration β = 0.192, P = 0.089 β = 0.039, P = 0.706 β = 0.018, P = 0.022
  1. Logistic regression analysis between the independent and dependant variables was used to identify variables associated with the use of anti-malarial drugs, P-values in bold were statistically significant at P ≤ 0.05. β = standard co-efficient. The result above shows that knowledge on symptoms for use and knowledge on anti-malaria available work together to influence types of anti-malarial that are taken in the households. Furthermore, knowledge on the duration of use determined the duration of which drugs were taken, while, knowledge on available anti-malarials determined the dosage used.