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Table 3 Frequency of disease classification, management and counseling given by village doctors compared with gold standard

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)

  Gold standard Village doctor
Classification*   
 Total 231 115
 Cough, without pneumonia 98 71
 Pneumonia 4 2
 Severe pneumonia 2 0
 Diarrhea without dehydration 31 1
 Diarrhea with dehydration 5 2
 Fever 56 22
 Ear problems 1 1
 Malnutrition 7 4
 Others 27 12
Treatment considered as necessary   
 Antibiotics 21 112
 Injectable drugs 7 87
 ORS 27 2
 Referral 5 2
Counseling to caretakers   
 How to take medicine 154 52
 Give extra fluids 154 15
 When to return immediately 154 9
 Verification of comprehension 154 15
  1. * Some patients with more than one classification.