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Table 2 Reasons for choosing providers, services received and satisfactory level to among individuals having fever two weeks prior to interview in Myanmar (N = 637)

From: Rural and urban disparities in health-seeking for fever in Myanmar: findings from a probability-based household survey

  Urban (N = 315) Rural (N = 322) Total (N = 637) p value
  Urban (n = 259) Rural (n = 223) Total (n = 482)  
Sought treatment from providers
Provider type 0.000
 Trained providers 205 (65.1) 166 (51.6) 371 (58.2)  
 Untrained providers 54 (34.9) 57 (48.4) 111 (41.8)  
Primary reason for choosing provider 0.218
 Close by/easy to reach 158 (61.0) 158 (70.9) 316 (65.6) 0.783
 Reputable quality service 61 (23.6) 31 (13.9) 92 (19.1) 0.000
 Availability of inexpensive treatment 15 (5.8) 11 (4.9) 26 (5.4) 0.391
 Availability of modern medicine 7 (2.7) 6 (2.7) 13 (2.7) 0.749
 Speed of treatment 9 (3.5) 6 (2.7) 15 (3.1) 0.408
 Can handle severe cases 6 (2.3) 7 (3.1) 13 (2.7) 0.810
 Employer arranged 0 (0.0) 1 (0.5) 1 (0.2) 0.322
 Other 3 (1.2) 3 (1.4) 6 (1.2) 0.978
Waiting time 0.756
 Long and very long 38 (14.7) 26 (11.7) 64 (13.3)  
 No or short waiting time 221 (85.3) 197 (88.3) 418 (86.7)  
Perception on price 0.001
 Very inexpensive 68 (26.3) 91 (40.8) 159 (32.9)  
 Somewhat inexpensive 72 (27.8) 64 (28.7) 136 (28.2)  
 Expensive to very expensive 119 (45.9) 68 (30.5) 187 (38.9)  
Service received  
 Received test for malaria 19 (7.3) 16 (7.2) 35 (7.3) 0.648
 Received modern medicinea 253 (97.7) 217 (97.3) 470 (97.5) 0.793
 Received antibiotic 15 (4.7) 9 (2.8) 24 (3.8) 0.192
 Received injection 63 (20) 46 (14.3) 109 (17.1) 0.056
Provider dealing 0.302
 Friendly and respectful 251 (96.9) 215 (96.4) 466 (96.7)  
 Unfriendly, rude or not sure 8 (3.1) 8 (3.6) 16 (3.3)  
Overall satisfaction 0.255
 Very satisfied 192 (74.1) 177 (79.4) 369 (76.6)  
 Somewhat satisfied 61 (23.6) 43 (19.3) 104 (21.6)  
 Dissatisfied 5 (1.9) 1 (0.5) 6 (1.2)  
 Don’t know 1 (0.4) 2 (0.9) 3 (0.6)  
  Urban (n = 56) Rural (n = 99) Total (n = 155)  
Reasons for not seeking treatment
Thought that fever is not serious 15 (26.8) 25 (25.3) 40 (25.8) 0.834
Because fever went away 38 (67.9) 72 (72.7) 110 (71.0) 0.521
No money for treatment 0 (0.0) 4 (4.04) 4 (2.6) 0.128
No transportation 1 (1.8) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.7) 0.182
The places were too far away 1 (1.8) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.7) 0.182
Wait and see 2 (3.6) 8 (8.1) 10 (6.5) 0.272
  1. a Modern medicine includes tablets, capsule syrups, injections, and antibiotics