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Table 3 Illness interpretation and health services use in Guèndembou and Bolodou sub-districts, September–October 2017, Guinea

From: Do memories of the Ebola virus disease outbreak influence post-Ebola health seeking behaviour in Guéckédou district (epicentre) in Guinea? A cross-sectional study of children with febrile illness

    (N = 398)
  Guèndembou (N = 196) Bolodou (N = 202) p valuea
The child could not eat or breastfeed as usual    0·374
 Yes (%) 98 (50·0%) 110 (54·5%)  
The child could not move as usual    < 0·001
 Yes (%) 50 (25·5%) 124 (61·4%)  
Caregiver’s interpretation of the illness    0.·002
 Malaria (%) 150 (76·5%) 149 (73·8%)  
 Cold (%) 15 (7·7%) 37 (18·3%)  
 Teething (%) 7 (3·6%) 2 (1·0%)  
 Otherb (%) 24 (12·2%) 14 (6·9%)  
Sought care    0·007
 Yes (%) 158 (80·6%) 139 (68·8%)  
Only respondents who sought care Guèndembou (N = 158) Bolodou (N = 139)  
Places of care    < 0·001
 Public health facilityc (%) 105 (66·5%) 128 (92·1%)  
 Private clinic (%) 42 (26·5%) 2 (1·4%)  
 Othersd (%) 11 (7·0%) 9 (6·5%)  
Reasons for care place selection
 Affordable cost (%) 90 (57·0%) 13 (9·4%) < 0·001
 Affordable transportation (%) 85 (53·8%) 12 (8·6%) < 0·001
 Available transportation (%) 94 (59·5%) 11 (7·9%) < 0·001
 Accessible distance (%) 64 (40·5%) 17 (12·2%) < 0·001
 Convenient open hours (%) 105 (66·5%) 52 37·4%) < 0·001
 Available staff (%) 112 (70·9%) 66 (47·5%) < 0·001
 Available medicines (%) 146 (92·4%) 135 (97·1%) 0·072
 Short waiting time (%) 110 (79·6%) 41 (29·5%) < 0·001
 Good staff attitude (%) 134 (84·8%) 62 (44·6%) < 0·001
 Low risk of EVD transmission (%) 80 (50·6%) 89 (64·0%) 0·020
 Low risk of misdiagnosis (%) 81 (51·3%) 88 (63·3%) 0·036
Blood test    0·031
 Yes (%) 131 (82·9%) 127 (91·4%)  
Diagnosed as malaria    < 0·001
 Yes (%) 144 (91·1%) 103 (74·1%)  
Medicines given    0·183
 Yes (%) 156 (98·7%) 139 (100·0%)  
  1. aChi-square test
  2. bFever, headache, freshness, infantile shock, mystical disease, don’t know
  3. cHealth centre/post or district hospital
  4. dDrug shop or open vendor, traditional healer