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Table 4 Demographic and socio-cultural features of children with degedege (n = 135)

From: Socio-cultural factors explaining timely and appropriate use of health facilities for degedege in south-eastern Tanzania

  HF Use 1) 71.1% HF AM 2) 66.7% AM not HF 3) 10.4%
  Estimate P-Value Estimate P-Value Estimate P-Value
Demographics       
Malaria* 1.14 0.04 1.18 0.03   
Homa**    1.44 0.03   
HF availability      1.24 0.10
Age    0.43 0.06   
Categories of distress       
No interest to play 1.16 0.12 2.52 0.00   
Not happy 1.55 0.10     
Sleeps -1.37 0.02 -1.05 0.06   
No strength 0.52 0.15     
Hot abdomen 0.79 0.02 0.56 0.05   
Periodic fevers      -2.63 0.03
Cough 1.50 0.01    1.56 0.06
Difficult breathing 0.87 0.04 1.55 0.00   
Diarrhoea    0.55 0.14 1.50 0.02
Vomiting -0.55 0.05    0.72 0.04
Shivering      0.78 0.09
Twitching      1.44 0.00
Body becomes stiff    0.42 0.09   
Easily startled      -5.97 0.00
Perceived causes       
Impure water    0.82 0.13   
Starchy food -2.41 0.05     
Stage of child growth 1.05 0.09 0.81 0.07   
Constitution/blood weakness 3.03 0.01 2.95 0.00   
Sanitation/dirty environment 1.54 0.00     
Personal hygiene/not keeping clean      4.19 0.01
Cold weather      1.39 0.05
Spirits -1.72 0.03     
Failure to abstain from sex (parent) -2.84 0.03 -1.13 0.17   
Bird/insect called degedege    -0.60 0.00   
Other mention      -0.55 0.08
  1. Note: Model fitness based on the likelihood ratio (all models with p < 0.0001)
  2. 1) Model outcome: health facility immediate use (HF use) (same day or next day)
  3. 2) Model outcome: health facility and antimalarial immediate use (HF AM) (same day or next day)
  4. 3) Model outcome: antimalarial immediate use (AM not HF) (same day or next day) not from the health facility
  5. *Illness identified with malaria in illness narratives even though identified primarily with degedege
  6. ** Illness identified with homa in illness narratives even though identified primarily with degedege