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Table 1 Characteristics of 294 pregnant women seeking antenatal care in Kumasi, Ghana

From: Reported bed net ownership and use in social contacts is associated with uptake of bed nets for malaria prevention in pregnant women in Ghana

Characteristic All women (n = 294) Bed net owner (n = 227) Bed net non-owner (n = 67) Bed net user (n = 137) Bed net non-user (n = 90)
Age (years), mean (SD) 26.7 (5.65) 27.0 (5.6) 25.7 (5.8) 27.5 (5.3) 26.2 (5.9)
Marital status, n (%)
 Married 159 (54.1) 126 (55.5) 33 (49.3) 84 (61.3)* 42 (46.7)
 Unmarried 135 (45.9) 101 (44.5) 34 (50.7) 53 (38.7) 48 (53.3)
Education level, n (%)
 None/primary/don’t know 57 (19.4) 38 (16.7) 19 (28.4) 28 (20.4) 10 (11.1)
 JSS/JHS 137 (46.6) 108 (47.6) 29 (43.3) 61 (44.5) 47 (52.2)
 SSS, SHS, vocational or tertiary 100 (34.0) 81 (35.7) 19 (28.4) 48 (35.0) 33 (36.7)
Malaria attitudes and perceptions, n (%)
 One or more advisors got malaria when they were pregnant 43 (14.6) 29 (12.8) 14 (20.9) 14 (10.22) 15 (16.7)
 Is worried about getting malaria 215 (73.1) 171 (75.3) 44 (65.7) 106 (77.4) 65 (72.2)
 Has heard about malaria in the last year 234 (80.0) 183 (80.6) 47 (70.2) 116 (84.7) 67 (74.4)
 Knows someone who died from malaria 40 (13.6) 34 (15.0) 6 (9.0) 20 (14.6) 14 (15.6)
 Has heard about using mosquito nets 281 (95.6) 217 (95.6) 64 (95.5) 131 (95.6) 86 (95.6)
Availability of bed nets, n (%)
 It is easy to obtain a free mosquito net during your pregnancy
  Yes 218 (74.1) 175 (77.1)* 43 (64.2) 111 (81.0) 64 (71.1)
  No/unsure 76 (25.9) 52 (22.9) 24 (35.8) 26 (19.0) 26 (28.9)
Number of advisors, n (%)
 0 21 (7.1) 19 (8.3) 2 (3.0) 14 (10.2) 5 (5.6)
 1 36 (12.2) 28 (12.3) 8 (11.9) 18 (13.4) 10 (11.1)
 2 52 (17.7) 42 (18.5) 10 (14.9) 29 (21.2) 13 (14.4)
 3 185 (61.9) 138 (60.7) 47 (70.1) 76 (55.5) 62 (68.9)
Influence Scorea, mean (SD) 1.15 (1.67) 1.23 (1.67) 0.85 (1.66) 1.51 (1.61)* 0.80 (1.67)
  1. * p < 0.05
  2. a \({\text{Influence Score}} = \sum\nolimits_{{{\text{n}} = 1}}^{\text{j}} {{\text{R}}_{\text{j}} *\left( {{\text{U}}_{\text{j}} + {\text{T}}_{\text{j}} } \right) * {\text{I}}_{\text{j}} }\)