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Table 1 Characteristics of included study facilities

From: Challenges with implementing malaria rapid diagnostic tests at primary care facilities in a Ghanaian district: a qualitative study

Generic facility ID Ownership or operating authority Facility type Represented level of primary healthcare delivery Head of facility (provider cadre) Available services Availability and type of malaria diagnostic service—RDT or microscopy Reasons for limited or no availability of a particular diagnostic service
Health facility (HF) 1 Private Maternity home Community Nurse/midwife Basic preventive
Curative for minor ailments
None Prolonged district-wide RDT stock-outs including private wholesale/retail suppliers
HF2 Private Clinic Sub-district Medical officer (doctor) Preventive
Limited curative
RDT—limited, irregular supply Prolonged district-wide RDT stock-outs including private wholesale/retail suppliers
HF3 Private Hospital District Medical officer (doctor) Curative
Limited specialist services
E.g., surgery, delivery
Microscopy—routine use HOF preference backed by infrastructural capacity for quality-assured microscopy
HF4 Government Health center (small)
40–50 patients per day
Community Physician assistant Basic preventive
Curative for minor ailments
RDT—limited, irregular supply
Microscopy—limited basis
Prolonged district-wide RDT stock-outs
Limited recovery on facility costs for reagents needed for microscopy
HF5 Government Health center (large)
100–200 patients per day
Sub-district Physician assistant Preventive
Limited curative
RDT—limited supply
Microscopy—limited basis
Prolonged district-wide RDT stock-outs
Limited recovery on facility costs for reagents needed for microscopy
HF6 Government District hospital District Medical officer (doctor) Curative
Limited specialist services
E.g., surgery, caesarean section, delivery
RDT—limited supply and use
Microscopy—routine use
Prolonged district-wide RDT stock-outs