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Table 2 Number and percentage of village doctors’ completeness of history taking and physical examination

From: Revisiting current “barefoot doctors” in border areas of China: system of services, financial issue and clinical practice prior to introducing integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI)

  n %
For all children (N = 154)
 Completeness of history taking   
 Presence of fever 118 76.6
 Presence of cough/difficulty breathing 96 62.3
 Presence of diarrhea 79 51.3
 History of other problems 33 21.4
 Child’s ability to drink or breastfeed 27 17.5
 History of severe vomiting 25 16.2
 Vaccination status 3 1.9
 History of convulsions 0 0
 Physical examination   
 Weight 87 56.5
 Presence of palm pallor 5 3.2
 Weight checked against the growth chart 0 0
For children with fever (N = 56)
 Completeness of history taking   
 Duration of fever 36 64.3
 Physical examination   
 Temperature 38 67.9
 Presence of rash 1 1.8
 Nuchal rigidity 0 0
For children with cough/difficulty breathing (N = 84)
 Completeness of history taking   
 Duration of cough 47 64.4
 Physical examination   
 Stridor or wheezing 33 39.3
 Raise the child’s shirt when examining 15 17.9
 Respiratory rate 6 7.1
 Chest indrawing 4 4.8
For children with diarrhea (N = 36)
 Completeness of history taking   
 Ask for duration 22 61.1
 Ask for blood in stool 18 50.0
 Physical examination   
 Look for sunken eyes or fonticulus 3 8.3
 Pinch the skin of the abdomen 0 0
 Intake of liquids 0 0