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Table 1 Baseline demographic characteristics of individuals.*

From: Use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) following a malaria education intervention in Piron, Mali: a control trial with systematic allocation of households

Household characteristics Education group
(N = 70)
Control group
(N = 62)
P Value
Total individuals- no. 147 124  
   Women- no. (%) 86 (58.5) 70 (56.5) 0.73
   Men- no. (%) 61 (41.5) 54 (43.5)  
   Age-years 40.4 ± 13.5 40.3 ± 13.7 0.99
   Ethnicity- no. (%)    
Dogon 124 (84) 102 (82) 0.22
Peul 18 (12) 12 (10)  
Other 5 (3) 10 (8)  
Median number of responders per household 2 2  
Household size- median (25 and 75 quartiles) 5 (4, 8) 5 (4, 8) 0.84
Number of children total- median (25 and 75 quartiles) 5 (2, 7) 5 (3, 8) 0.16
   Living- median (25 and 75 quartiles) 3 (2, 5) 3 (2, 5) 0.78
   Deceased- median (25 and 75 quartiles) 1 (0, 3) 2 (1, 4) 0.014
At least one responder is literate- no. (%)† 15 (21) 11 (18) 0.60
At least one responder is a trader- no. (%)‡ 13 (19) 17 (27) 0.23
At least one responder earns an income- no. (%) 24 (34) 24 (39) 0.60
Socio-economic status (SES) § 0.9 ± 1.6 0.8 ± 1.1 0.53
Malaria prevention methods used currently-
no. (%)¶
   
   ITNs used previously 9 (13) 1 (2) 0.02
   Untreated nets 69 (99) 57 (92) 0.10
   Insecticide sprays 6 (9) 5 (8) 0.92
   Mosquito coils 12 (17) 9 (15) 0.68
  1. *Plus-minus values are means ± standard deviations (SD).
  2. † Literate in any language, having studied for at least one year.
  3. ‡ All individuals were subsistence-level farmers.
  4. §SES was calculated based on the number of material possessions. Each item was weighted according to their market value. SES value of 1 is approximately equal to 135,000 CFA ($241).
  5. ¶Percentages represent households who had at least one individual using stated method. Most stated that they used these methods against the nuisance of mosquitoes, not for malaria. None of the households were using ITNs at the time of study.