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Table 1 Patient characteristics and physician's assessment

From: Antimalarial drug prescribing practice in private and public health facilities in South-east Nigeria: a descriptive study

Characteristics Patients (%)
   Government hospitals Private clinics Total
Numbers studied 348 (52.3) 317 (47.7) 665 (100)
Residence Rural 160 (46.0) 79 (24.9) 239 (35.9)
  Urban 186 (53.4) 238 (75.1) 424 (63.8)
  Not specified 2 (0.6) 0 (0.0) 2 (0.3)
Age (years) <5 84 (24.1) 44 (13.9) 128 (19.3)
  5+ 223 (64.1) 135 (42.6) 358 (53.8)
  Not specified by clinician 41 (11.8) 138 (43.5) 179 (26.9)
Gender Female 192 (55.2) 144 (45.4) 336 (50.5)
  Male 156 (44.8) 161 (50.8) 317 (47.7)
  Not specified 0 (0.0) 12 (3.8) 12 (1.8)
Clinical Assessment Malaria blood smear performed 45.9% (157) 44.1% (137) 44.2% (294)
  Detailed history recorded 25.1% (86) 4.8% (15) 15.2% (101)
  General exam or one system 73.1% (250) 38.6% (120) 55.6% (370)
Malaria parasite blood slide results* Number assessed (n)** 156 139 295
  Scanty 35 (22.4) 13 (9.3) 48 (16.3)
  + 82 (52.6) 80 (57.6) 162 (54.9)
  ++ 31 (19.9) 41 (29.5) 72 (24.4)
  +++/ numerous 5 (3.2) 4 (2.9) 9 (3.0)
  Negative 3 (1.9) 1 (0.7) 4 (1.4)
  1. * Species not specified; usually P. falciparum > 95% in the area.
  2. ** Percentage of number assessed (n)