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Table 3 Medication prescribed by CHW according to assessment of fast breathing by CHW and child’s age

From: Rational use of antibiotics by community health workers and caregivers for children with suspected pneumonia in Zambia: a cross-sectional mixed methods study

  All children
N = 537
Children aged 2–11 months
N = 147
Children aged 12–59 months
N = 390
Normal breathing (%) Fast breathing (%) Normal breathing (%) Fast breathing (%) Normal breathing (%) Fast breathing (%)
N = 324 N = 213 N = 68 N = 79 N = 256 N = 134
Received Antibiotics, n
 No 308 (95) 27 (13) 65 (89) 6 (8) 243 (95) 21 (16)
 Yes 16 (5) 186 (87) 3 (4) 73 (92) 13 (5) 113 (84)
Colour of Pack Given, n
 Pink (for children aged 2–11 months) 7 (44) 78 (41) 2 (67) 66 (90) 5 (38) 12 (11)
 Green (for children aged 12–59 months) 8 (50) 99 (53) 0 (0) 3 (4) 8 (62) 96 (85)
 NSa 1 (6) 9 (5) 1 (33) 4 (6) 0 (0) 5 (4)
 % received antibiotics [95 % CI] 5 [2,10] 87 [78,93] 4 [1,14] 92 [80,97] 5 [2,12] 84 [75,91]
p-value*   <0.01   <0.01   <0.01
  1. *P-value comparing proportion receiving antibiotics by fast breathing status (CHW), for all children and by age group
  2. aNS not specified