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Table 2 Severity and duration of diarrhea among study children across the four intervention arms during the baseline survey, Jan-Mar 2015

From: The effectiveness bundling of zinc with Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for improving adherence to acute watery diarrhea treatment in Ethiopia: cluster randomised controlled trial

Variables Arms P value
Central bundling (n = 167) HC level bundling (n = 164) Status quo (n = 169) Bundling without message (n = 173)
Median duration of illness during the baseline study (days) 3 3 2 2 0.069
Mean (±SD) number of episodes in the preceding day of survey 5.3 (±1.4) 6.2 (±2.5) 6.0 (±2.5) 5.5 (±2.0) <0.001*
Extent of dehydration (%)
 No dehydration 74.9 65.2 76.9 82.1 0.004*
 Some dehydration 25.1 34.8 23.1 17.9
% who sought for treatment elsewhere before coming to HC 4.8 9.1 4.7 8.1 0.247
% who received antibiotic or antiparasitic drugs at the HC 35.9 39.0 44.4 39.3 0.461
  1. * Statistically significant difference at p value of 0.05