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Table 1 Characteristics of studies on medicinal plants used for the treatment of malaria in Ethiopia

From: Systematic review on traditional medicinal plants used for the treatment of malaria in Ethiopia: trends and perspectives

Evaluation parameters Total number of studies (n = 82)
Criterion Frequency (%)
Paper types Published article 64 (78.0)
Unpublished thesis 18 (22.0)
Botanical identification Plant collected and verified with informant 3 (3.6)
Voucher specimen in herbarium 18 (22.0)
Formal identification by botanist 13 (15.9)
All 44 (53.6)
None 4 (4.9)
Informants reliability ≥10 informants interviewed
 Yes 74 (90.2)
 No 8 (9.8)
≥2 informants mention use of plant for malaria treatment
 Yes 66 (80.5)
 No 16 (19.5)
Informant(s) experience of treating malaria
 Yes 61 (74.4)
 No 21 (25.6)
Reliable (fulfill all above criteria)
 Yes 53 (64.6)
 No 29 (35.4)
Researcher reliability Used same language as informants
 Yes 78 (95.1)
 No 4 (4.9)
Recorded Ethno-medicinal information
 At least PU, PM and AR 15 (18.3)
 Detailed 58 (70.7)
 Poor 9 (11.0)
  1. PU part used, PM preparation method, RA administration routes