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Table 1 Background Characteristics of Study Women Before (2005-2006) and After (2008-2009) Intervention Implementation by Service Area, Matlab, Bangladesh

From: Effectiveness of an integrated approach to reduce perinatal mortality: recent experiences from Matlab, Bangladesh

Variables* icddr, b Service Area Government Service Area
  Before After P-value Before After P-value
  N (%) N (%)   N (%) N (%)  
Age(years)
   < 20 749 (14.0) 778 (14.7) 0.015 703 (13.3) 563 (11.7) 0.019
   20-24 1742 (32.5) 1755 (33.1)   1691 (32.0) 1633 (33.9)  
   25-34 2285 (42.7) 2297 (43.3)   2358 (44.6) 2095 (43.5)  
   > = 35 578 (10.8) 475 (9.0)   539 (10.2) 525 (10.8)  
   Mean (SD†) age in year 26.5 (6) 26.2 (6)   26.5 (6) 26.7 (6)  
Parity
   0 1997 (37.3) 2058 (38.7) < 0.001 1840 (34.8) 1761 (36.6) 0.001
   1-2 2524 (41.1) 2612 (49.3)   2389 (45.2) 2226 (46.2)  
   > = 3 833 (15.6) 634 (12.0)   1062 (20.1) 829 (17.2)  
Asset index
   1 843 (15.7) 821 (15.5) 0.244 888 (16.8) 749 (15.6) < 0.001
   2 927 (17.3) 904 (17.0)   1037 (19.6) 805 (16.7)  
   3 1108 (20.7) 1070 (20.2)   1033 (19.5) 1100 (23.0)  
   4 1227 (22.9) 1171 (22.1)   1214 (22.9) 1092 (22.7)  
   5 1249 (23.3) 1339 (25.2)   1119 (21.1) 1060 (22.0)  
Education (years)
   No education 1075 (20.1) 1007 (19.0) 0.188 1036 (19.6) 1313 (27.3) < 0.001
   Primary 1384 (25.8) 1440 (27.1)   1559 (29.5) 1396 (29.0)  
   Secondary or above 2895 (54.1) 2858 (53.9)   2696 (51.0) 2107 (43.8)  
Gestational age (weeks)
   < 37 897 (16.8) 650 (12.3) < 0.001 905 (17.1) 714 (14.8) < 0.001
   > = 37 4457 (83.2) 4655 (87.3)   4386 (82.9) 4102 (85.2)  
   Mean (SD†) gestational age in weeks 38.8 (2.6) 39.1 (2.4)   38.7 (2.5) 39.0 (2.5)  
  1. *All are presented in percent unless stated
  2. SD: standard deviation