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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the study children enrolled in the three intervention arms

From: Impact of training in clinical and microscopy diagnosis of childhood malaria on antimalarial drug prescription and health outcome at primary health care level in Tanzania: A randomized controlled trial

Characteristics Clinical algorithm + microscopy (Arm-I) Clinical algorithm (Arm-II) No special training (Arm-III)
Total children enrolled 973 1058 1100
Mean age in months (SD) 22.5 (14.9) 20.0 (14.8) 20.4 (14.3)
Males 472 (48.5) 555 (52.5) 563 (50.8)
Prior treatment taken*    
   Paracetamol 520 (53.4) 522 (49.3) 442 (40.1)
   Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine 10 (1.0) 9 (0.9) 8 (0.7)
   Amodiaquine 7 (0.7) 12 (1.1) 5 (0.5)
   Antibiotics 11 (1.1) 22 (2.1) 6 (0.6)
  1. Values are numbers (percentages) unless stated otherwise
  2. *14 days prior to enrolment