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Table 2 Descriptive characteristics of variables potentially related to the data discrepancy between clinics' outpatient books and government statistics in clinical malaria case reporting made in each month in eight clinics, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2007.

From: The accuracy of clinical malaria case reporting at primary health care facilities in Honiara, Solomon Islands

Continuous Variables     Mean (Standard Error) P-value╙
(a) Average numbers of patients (per nurse and day) 24.1 (0.9) < 0.001§
(b)Illegible handwriting (per 100 patients) 6.2 (0.3) 0.01**
(c)Omitted data of diagnosis(per 100 patients) 3.7 (0.2) < 0.001§
(d)Omitted data of slide confirmation(per 100 patients) 6.2 (0.4) < 0.01§
(e)Omitted data of treatment (per 100 patients) 3.2 (0.2) < 0.001 **
(f) Registered nurses among all nurses and nurse aides (%) 34.6 (0.9) < 0.001§
Ordinal Variables     No. (%) P-value
  (Almost) Never Sometimes Often (Almost) Always  
(g)Registered nurse filled in Reports 19(19.8%) 43(44.8%) 0(0%) 34(35.4%) < 0.001§
(h)Use of tally sheets 19(19.8%) 31(32.3%) 0(0%) 46(47.9%) < 0.001§
(i)Daily counts of cases 42 (43.8%) 27(28.1%) 18(18.8%) 9 (9.4%) < 0.001§
(j)Shared official definition of clinical malaria 59 (61.5%) 0(0%) 15 (15.6%) 22 (22.9%) < 0.001§
(k)Weekly meeting by nurses and microscopists 50 (52.1%) 7 (7.3%) 12 (12.5%) 27 (28.1%) < 0.001§
Categorical variables     No. (%)  
(l)Clinic level* Area Health Clinic (AHC) Area Health Clinic (AHC)  
  72(75%) 24(25%) -
(m)Rainy season Seven months (from November to March) 56(58.3%) -
  1. (n = 96 in total, n = 12 per clinic).
  2. (Alphabet) is correspondent to the text.
  3. ╙ P value comparing the mean among eight clinics
  4. ** Repeated measure analysis of variance (ANOVA) for normally distributed variables
  5. § Friedman's ANOVA test
  6. † Tally sheets are the sheets with a lot of blank circles divided into ten to help nurses to count cases by marking circles according to the records in outpatient books. They were distributed by the government to all clinics.
  7. *Two clinics, Kukum and Rove, are upper clinics called Area Health Clinics (AHC) given more human and material resources by the government, compared to other six clinics called Urban Health Clinics (UHC).