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Table 4 Reasons for not seeking diagnostic testing for the last febrile illness

From: Attitudes toward home-based malaria testing in rural and urban Sierra Leone

Characteristic Home-based (by self/family or CHV) testing preference (n = 330) Laboratory-based testing preference (n = 95)
Rural (n = 299) Urban (n = 31) Rural (n = 71) Urban (n = 24)
Did not want to spend money on the test 64.4 (192/298) 71.0 (22/31) 72.9 (51/70) 82.6 (19/23)
Wanted to wait a few days to see if the fever went away 42.4 (126/297) 63.3 (19/30) 32.8 (22/67) 52.4 (11/21)
Did not want to travel to a laboratory 41.9 (124/296) 54.8 (17/31) 22.5 (16/71) 60.9 (14/23)
Did not need a test because already knew the cause of the fever 34.5 (102/296) 83.9 (26/31) 18.6 (13/70) 52.4 (11/21)
A doctor or other healthcare provider did not recommend a test 27.2 (81/298) 25.8 (8/31) 33.3 (23/69) 31.6 (6/19)
Did not want to have to wait for the test results 23.5 (70/298) 35.5 (11/31) 16.9 (12/71) 56.5 (13/23)
Does not like blood draws 14.2 (42/296) 16.1 (5/31) 11.4 (8/70) 34.8 (8/23)
  1. Note: This table presents results for the 488 (59.4%) adults who reported not seeking microbiological diagnosis of the cause of the most recent febrile illness and then indicated a preference for home-based or laboratory-based testing (n = 425).