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Table 4 Self-reported administration of antibiotics by caregivers and pill count

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

  Age of child
2–11 months 12–59 months Not specified Total
  N = 16 N = 25 N = 13 N = 54a
Number of tablets given per dose:
 1 (for children aged 2–11 months) 16 (100 %) 5 (20 %) 3 (23 %) 24 (44 %)
 2 (for children aged 12–59 months) 0 20 (80 %) 8 (62 %) 28 (52 %)
  > 2 0 0 2 (15 %) 2 (4 %)
 Gave amoxicillin 3 times a day 15 (94 %) 23 (92 %) 13 (100 %) 51 (94 %)
 Gave amoxicillin morning, noon and night 15 (94 %) 23 (92 %) 12 (92 %) 50 (93 %)
Number of days amoxicillin given:
 2 1 (6 %) 1 (4 %) 0 (0 %) 2 (4 %)
 3 16 (%) 6 (24 %) 1 (8 %) 8 (15 %)
 4 2 (12 %) 2 (8 %) 1 (8 %) 5 (9 %)
 5 11 (69 %) 12 (48 %) 8 (62 %) 31 (57 %)
  > 5 1 (6 %) 4 (16 %) 3 (23 %) 8 (15 %)
Number of tablets remaining in the pack: N = 15 N = 23 N = 12 N = 50b
 0 9 (60 %) 15 (65 %) 9 (75 %) 33 (66 %)
 1–6 5 (33 %) 4 (17 %) 2 (17 %) 11 (22 %)
 >6 1 (7 %) 4 (17 %) 1 (8 %) 6 (12 %)
  1. aOnly 54/55 caregivers completed information on timing and number of tablets given
  2. b50 caregivers able to present packet of pills