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Table 5 Financial coping strategies adopted by households with and without a member living with depression

From: Catastrophic health expenditure and impoverishment in households of persons with depression: a cross-sectional, comparative study in rural Ethiopia

Coping strategies Depression and high disability (n = 52) Depression and low disability (n = 54) Comparison group without depression (n = 82)
No % (95% CI) No % (95% CI) No % (95% CI)
Drew up accounts at shops 18 34.6 (21.2–47.9) 12 22.2 (10.7–33.6) 23 28.0 (18.1–37.9)
Loan from Bank or financial institution 15 28.8 (16.1–41.5) 8 14.8 (5.0–24.6) 15 18.2 (9.7–26.8)
Reduced food consumption 19 36.5 (23.0–50.0) 15 27.7 (15.4–40.1) 19 23.1 (13.8–32.4)
Reduced medical visits 19 36.5 (23.0–50.0) 12 22.2 (10.7–33.6) 7 8.5 (2.3–14.7)
Received support from relatives 18 34.6 (21.2–47.9) 14 25.9 (13.8–37.9) 19 23.1 (13.8–32.4)
Withdrew children from school 8 15.3 (5.2–.25.5) 6 11.1 (2.4–19.7) 5 6.1 (0.8–11.3)
Took on paid extra work 17 32.6 (19.5–45.8) 14 25.9 (13.8–37.9) 26 31.7 (21.4–41.9)
Used savings 4 7.6 (0.2–15.1) 9 16.6 (6.3–26.9) 10 12.2 (4.9–19.4)
Sold assets 37 74.0 (61.4–86.5) 48 88.8 (80.2–97.5) 60 78.9 (69.5–88.3)