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Table 5 Prescribed antimalarial drugs to febrile children in clinical algorithm + microscopy intervention arm in relation to blood smear (BS) microscopy results

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

  BS results at PHC (N = 973) BS results at MUCHS (N = 934)*
  BS positive BS negative BS positive BS negative
Antimalarial prescribed No (%) No (%) No (%) No (%)
Yes 526 (99.1) 50 (11.3) 285 (78.9) 264 (46.1)
No 3 (0.5) 365 (82.6) 68 (18.8) 289 (50.4)
No record 2 (0.4) 27 (6.1) 8 (2.2) 20 (3.5)
Total 531 442 361 573
  1. PHC = Primary health care – laboratory attendant
  2. MUCHS = Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences- experienced microscopist
  3. * 39 BS results missing/not done at reference laboratory