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Table 2 Assessment of adherence to the AL dosing regimen, as evaluated by questionnaire (n = 522)

From: Adherence to and acceptability of artemether-lumefantrine as first-line anti-malarial treatment: evidence from a rural community in Tanzania

  N (%)
How many doses in total to be administered for a complete course of treatment  
   1 0
   2 0
   3 0
   4 0
   5 551(99.8)
   6 1 (0.2)
Number of tablets per dose to be taken?  
   1 tablet 270/270 (100)
   2 tablets 62/62 (100)
   3 tablets 40/40 (100)
   4 tablets 180/180 (100)
AL dose taken at correct time (i.e. ± 1 hours for dose 2, ± 4 hours for doses 3-6)  
   Dose 2 103/112 (92.0)
   Dose 3 103/109 (94.5)
   Dose 4 100/110 (91.0)
   Dose 5 96/110 (87.0)
   Dose 6 99/111 (89.2)
Number of missed doses  
   Dose 2 0/122 (0)
   Dose 3a 2/109 (1.8)
   Dose 4b 2/110 (1.8)
   Dose 5c 3/100 (3.0)
   Dose 6d 2/111 (1.8)
Action to be taken if tablets are vomited  
   Go back to health facility for replacement dose 316 (57.3)
   Give another dose 209 (37.8)
   Do nothing 27 (4.9)
   Don't know 0 (0)
With what was AL taken/given?  
   Nothing 0 (0)
   Water only 549 (99.4)
   Food 2 (0.4)
   Beverage 1 (0.2)
   Other 0 (0)
Timing of tablet intake when administered with food?  
   Before meal 171 (31.0)
   During meal 2 (0.4)
   After meal 379 (68.6)
What acted as a reminder to take tablets?e  
   The dispenser's instructions 231 (41.8)
   The pictograms 309 (55.9)
   Illness 12 (2.2)
   Otherf 12 (2.2)
  1. a Dose used to replace vomited dose 2 (n = 1), dose not taken due to stomach ache (n = 1)
  2. b Dose delayed (n = 1), tablets lost (n = 1)
  3. c No reason given (n = 1), dose not taken due to excessive vomiting (n = 1), admitted to hospital due to asthma, treated with quinine (n = 1)
  4. d Forgot to take dose (n = 1)
  5. e Refers to morning dose (results were similar for evening dose)
  6. f Not specified