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Table 2 Treatment-seeking behaviour for the last episode of febrile illness

From: Factors affecting treatment-seeking for febrile illness in a malaria endemic block in Boudh district, Orissa, India: policy implications for malaria control

First actions Men (%) Women (%) Total (%)
Government health center 63(35) 44(36.7) 107(35.7)
Less qualified provider 69(38.3) 28(23.3) 97(32.3)
Community level volunteer (DDC) 39(21.7) 34(28.3) 73(24.3)
Self-medication 4(2.2) 6(5) 10(3.3)
Homeopath 2(1.1) 1(0.8) 3(1)
Traditional healer 0(0) 1(0.8) 1(0.3)
Did not take action 3(1.7) 6(5) 9(3)
Total 180 120 300
Reasons for choice of provider* Men (%) Women (%) Total (%)
Proximity 122(70.5) 66(61.1) 188(66.9)
Low cost of care 24(13.9) 17(15.7) 41(14.6)
Faith on provider 17(9.8) 13(12) 30(10.7)
Provider attitude and availability 8(4.6) 10 (9.1) 18 (6.4)
Payment in credit 2(1.2) 2(1.9) 4(1.4)
Total 173 108 281
Distance* Men (%) Women (%) Total (%)
≤ 5 KMs 151 (87.3) 82(75.9) 233 (82.9)
> 5 KMs 22 (12.7) 26 (24.1) 48 (17.1)
Total 173 108 281
Mean (SD) 3.45 (5.98) 5 (7.99) 4.05 (6.86)
Transport* Men (%) Women (%) Total (%)
Walking 76(43.9) 57(52.8) 133 (47.3)
Bicycle 85(49.1) 37(34.3) 122(43.4)
Public transport 10(5.8) 12(11.1) 22(7.8)
Others (bullock cart, motorbike, rented vehicle) 2(1.2) 2(1.9) 4(1.4)
Total 173 108 281
  1. * We have excluded respondents with self-treatment or no treatment at all (n = 19).