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Table 6 Communities’ practice about TB in Shinile town, Somali regional state, eastern Ethiopia from January to May, 2013

From: Community knowledge, attitude, and practices towards tuberculosis in Shinile town, Somali regional state, eastern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Number (%) of male Number (%) of female Total number (%)
Who would you talk to about your illness if you had TB?
Doctor or other medical worker 145 (70.4) 127 (62.3) 272 (66.3)
Spouse 8 (3.9) 6 (2.9) 14 (3.4)
Parent 87 (42.2) 86 (42.2) 173 (42.2)
Close friend 44 (21.4) 40 (19.6) 84 (20.5)
No one 3 (1.5) 2 (1.0) 5 (1.2)
Other (religious leaders, elders, etc.) 34 (16.5) 30 (14.7) 64 (15.6)
What would you do if you thought you had symptoms of TB?
Go to health facility 151 (73.3) 140 (68.6) 291 (71.0)
Go to pharmacy 11 (5.3) 18 (8.8) 29 (7.1)
Go to traditional healers 39 (18.9) 33 (16.2) 72 (17.6)
Pursue self-treatment options (herbs, etc.). 66 (32.0) 66 (32.4) 132 (32.2)
Other (go to mosque, pray, etc.) 22 (10.7) 28 (13.7) 50 (12.2)
If you had symptoms of TB, at what point would you seek medical help?
When treatment on my own does not work 69 (33.5) 67 (32.8) 136 (33.1)
When TB symptoms last for 2 or more weeks 26 (12.6) 22 (10.8) 48 (11.7)
As soon as I realize TB symptoms 82 (39.8) 79 (38.7) 161 (39.3)
I would go to health facility or contact a doctor 10 (4.9) 8 (3.9) 18 (4.4)
I don’t know 19 (9.2) 28 (13.7) 47 (11.5)
If you would not go to the health facility, what is the reason?
Not sure where to go 9 (4.5) 6 (3.2) 15 (3.9)
Cost 12 (6.0) 12 (6.3) 24 (6.2)
Difficulties with transportation/distance 123 (61.8) 109 (57.4) 232 (59.6)
Do not trust medical workers 21 (10.6) 17 (9.0) 38 (9.8)
Do not like attitude of medical workers 11 (5.53) 9 (4.7) 20 (5.1)
Cannot leave my work (overlapping work hours with medical facility working hours) 17 (8.5) 11 (5.8) 28 (7.2)
Do not want to find that something is wrong 54 (27.1) 43 (22.6) 97 (24.9)
Other (no reason, etc.) 20 (10.1) 25 (13.2) 45 (11.6)