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Table 3 Referral of sick children at private health care facilities

From: Referral of children seeking care at private health facilities in Uganda

Children with pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria seen at the private facilities Registered drug shops N = 170 Private clinics N = 59 Pharmacies N = 12
Proportion of health facilities who reported that they referred sick children in the last 2 weeks 45.3% (77) 40.7% (24) 27 (3)
Mean number of sick children referred in the last 2 weeks (SD) 2 (3) 2 (1) 2 (1)
Place where children were referred to
Drug shop 1 (1.3) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Private clinic 5 (6.5) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Health centre 43 (55.8) 11 (45.8) 1 (33.3)
Hospital 28 (33.4) 13 (54.2) 2 (66.7)
Constraints encountered in referring children
Patients don’t comply 93 (54.7) 37 (62.7) 5 (41.7)
Referral facilities are too far 27 (15.9) 10 (17.0) 1 (8.3)
Patients don’t have money 93 (54.7) 37 (62.7) 5 (41.7)
There are no drugs at the referral facility 35 (20.6) 17 (28.8) 1 (8.3)