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Table 2 Logistic regression analysis: caregivers' opinion on the severity of child's illness

From: Who is to blame? Perspectives of caregivers on barriers to accessing healthcare for the under-fives in Butere District, Western Kenya

Independent Variable1 Illness Severe/Very Severe
Number (%)
Odds Ratio 95% Confidence Interval p-value
Characteristics of Caregiver
Age (n = 256)     
   20 years & below* 24 (61.5) 1 0.410 - 2.935 0.855
   21 years & above 133 (61.3) 1.096   
Parity (n = 234)     
   1 - 2 children* 63 (58.9) 1 0.447 - 1.659 0.656
   3 children & above 77 (60.6) 0.861   
Marital Status (n = 264)     
   All Other Statuses2 * 141 (63.5) 1 0.754 - 3.790 0.202
   Monogamy 22 (52.4) 1.691   
Income (n = 253)     
   Below Ksh.5000* 108 (60.7) 1 0.325 - 1.216 0.168
   Ksh.5000 & above 51 (68.0) 0.629   
Education (n = 263)     
   Primary & Below* 142 (64.0) 1 0.905 - 4.790 0.084
   Secondary & Above 20 (48.8) 2.082   
Occupation (n = 261)     
   Unemployed* 57 (61.3) 1 0.766 - 1.508 0.676
   Employed/Trader/Farmer 106 (63.1) 1.075   
Characteristics of Child
Age (n = 264)     
   6 months & below* 27 (56.3) 1 0.270 - 1.289 0.185
   Above 6 months 137 (63.4) 0.590   
Gender (n = 259)     
   Male* 73 (61.3) 1 0.660 - 2.162 0.557
   Female 86 (61.4) 1.195   
Complaint (n = 253)     
   Non-Malaria/Febrile Illness3* 67 (57.3) 1 0.273 - 0.805 0.006
   Malaria/Febrile Illness 93 (68.4) 0.469   
  1. 1All variables entered in the first step
  2. 2Includes: polygamous marriage, single parent, divorced or separated and widowed
  3. 3Non-Malaria/Febrile Illnesses: respiratory tract infections/cough, diarrhoea, and skin diseases
  4. *Baseline group