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Table 1 Cell phone survey results

From: Mobile phones improve case detection and management of malaria in rural Bangladesh

Survey question topic Results
Cell phone ownership (N = 4,632 households) 842 (18.2%): Own 1 phone
126 (2.7%): Own more than 1 phone
81 (1.7%): Have access to borrowing a phone (if didn’t own)
3,583 (77.4%): No access to phones
Reasons for not owning/using phone (N = 3,583) 1782 (49.7%) Never needed to use one
1449 (40.4%): Cannot afford it
214 (6.0%): Connection/coverage problems
138 (3.9%): Don’t know how to use one
Use of phone for medical purposes (N = 968) 546 (56.4%): Yes
422 (43.6%): No
If yes, for what specific purpose (N = 546) 461(84.4%): Emergency medical care
65 (11.9%): Malaria services
20 (3.7%): Other services
If currently receiving health messages (N = 968) 292 (30.2%): Yes
24 (2.5%): No
652 (67.4%): Don’t know
Text messaging use (N = 968) 468 (48.3%): Use text messaging (all or some of the time)
500 (51.7%): Never use text messaging
If use text messaging, preference on type (N = 468) 394 (84.2%): Prefer words and pictures
73 (15.6%): Prefer words only
1 (0.2%): Prefer pictures only
If medication reminders would be helpful (N = 968) 675 (69.7%): Yes
18 (1.9%): No
275 (28.4%): Don’t know
  1. Survey was conducted between July 2011, and July 2012 among the 4,632 households in the study area.