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Table 3 Level of adherence to malarial drug (ACT) prescriptions guidelines, reported by patients

From: Cross-sectional study on the adherence to malaria guidelines in lakeshore facilities of Buyende and Kaliro districts, Uganda

Variable Frequency Per cent
Patient received ACT drug or ACT drug prescription
 No 70 35.5
 Yes 127 64.5
 Total 197 100.0
Patient, among those who received ACT drug/prescription, received ACT drug/prescription after a malaria test (n = 127)
 No 47 37.0
 Yes 80 63.0
 Total 127 100.0
Test (RDT and microscopy) results and ACT drug prescriptions
 Negative (did not receive ACT prescription) 36 27.9
 Negative (received ACT drug prescription) 24 18.6
 Positive (did not receive ACT drug prescription) 13 10.1
 Positive (received ACT drug prescription) 56 43.4
 Total 129 100.0
Overall proportion of patients whose providers adhered to national IMM guidelines (among all n = 197)a
 No 191 97.0
 Yes 6 3.1
 Total 197 100.0
  1. Source: primary data
  2. a Overall proportion of adherence to national malaria management was computed and means that the providers adhered to both malaria diagnosis and prescriptions guidelines. Prescription adherence meant that a provider prescribed anti-malarial after testing for malaria and only to those who tested positive. Prescriptions of ACT to patients without testing for malaria and to those with negative test results constituted non-adherence to prescription and were factored in computing for overall level of adherence to guidelines