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Table 3 Discrimination power for each preventive behavior

From: Development and validation of a behavioral index for adaptation to lyme disease

Adaptive behaviors Discrimination power 99% CI Mean
1. Look into ways to prevent Lyme disease 1.125 [0.960–1.289] 0.473
2. Look into potential consequences of Lyme disease for physical or mental health 1.177 [1.009–1.345] 0.476
3. Wear pants and long-sleeved sweaters when practicing outdoor activities 1.342 [1.154–1.530] 0.382
4. Wear closed shoes when practicing outdoor activities 1.037 [0.877–1.198] 0.694
5. Tuck the bottom of sweater or shirt into pants when practicing outdoor activities 1.109 [0.921–1.297] 0.239
6. Tuck the bottom of pants into socks or boots when practicing outdoor activities 1.887 [1.564–2.211] 0.106
7. Use bug repellent when outdoors 1.221 [1.034–1.408] 0.299
8. Walk on cleared paths and trails, avoiding tall grass during outdoor activities 0.858 [0.704–1.012] 0.774
9. Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to check for ticks during outdoor activities 1.147 [0.956–1.338] 0.248
10. Examine body for ticks and remove them immediately after being outdoors 2.567 [2.212–2.922] 0.201
13. Examine clothes and items to avoid bringing ticks into home after being outdoors 2.800 [2.372–3.228] 0.136
14. Put clothes in the dryer for six minutes to eliminate ticks that may be there after being outdoors 1.749 [1.342–2.155] 0.043
15. Regularly mow lawn or have it mown 0.483 [0.356–0.610] 0.802
16. Have a fence around property to prevent deer from coming in the yard 0.221 [0.094–0.347] 0.497
17. Increase frequency of lawn maintenance (pick dead leaves,weeds, branches, or twigs) 0.482 [0.344–0.619] 0.453
18. Have a path or layer of wood chips or mulch to separate the patio, garden, or other installations from the trees or tall grass 0.321 [0.177–0.464] 0.343