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Table 3 Results of the multivariable generalized Poisson regression analysis to study the number of under-five malnourished children in Bangladesh, 2007

From: Predictors of the number of under-five malnourished children in Bangladesh: application of the generalized poisson regression model

Predictors Categories Estimated regression coefficient (ß) χ 2 P-value Estimated IRR 95% CI for IRR
Place of residence: Urban 0.06 0.44 0.507 1.07 0.88-1.28
Rural(r)      
Mother’s education: No education 0.33* 7.01 0.008 1.39 1.09-1.78
1-5 years education 0.32* 6.81 0.009 1.37 1.08-1.74
6- 10 years education 0.22 3.00 0.083 1.24 0.97-1.59
11+ years education(r)      
Father’s education: No education 0.29* 5.17 0.023 1.33 1.04-1.71
1-5 years education 0.26* 3.92 0.048 1.30 1.00-1.68
6- 10 years education 0.20 2.26 0.133 1.22 0.94-1.58
11+ years education(r)      
Father’s occupation: Farmer 0.39 2.45 0.118 1.48 0.91-2.43
Worker 0.32 2.04 0.153 1.39 0.89-2.17
Professional 0.11 0.14 0.705 1.12 0.63-1.97
Business(r)      
Wealth index: Lowest quintile 0.50* 22.90 <0.001 1.64 1.34-2.01
Second quintile 0.41* 10.38 0.001 1.50 1.17-1.93
Middle quintile 0.33* 12.46 <0.001 1.39 1.16-1.67
Fourth quintile 0.22* 4.46 0.035 1.25 1.02-1.53
Highest quintile(r)      
Sources of drinking water: Piped water −0.24 3.18 0.075 0.79 0.61-1.02
Tubewell water −0.34* 16.48 <0.001 0.71 0.60-0.84
Others(r)      
Toilet facility: No 0.36* 56.32 <0.001 1.43 1.30-1.56
Yes(r)      
Access to media: No 0.08 1.41 0.235 1.08 0.95-1.22
  Yes(r)      
Total number of children ever born to a woman   0.05* 11.04 0.001 1.06 1.02-1.09
Total number of children dead in a family   −0.03 0.16 0.688 0.97 0.83-1.13
  1. Notes: (r) indicates the reference group in each category.
  2. * p < 0.05.