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Table 2 Reported symptoms, perceived causes and treatment outcomes for convulsion

From: Acceptability – a neglected dimension of access to health care: findings from a study on childhood convulsions in rural Tanzania

  2004-2006 2007-2008
Percentage of respondents who mentioned the outcome HF Use
AM not HF3
HF Use
AM not HF
  Estimate p Estimate p Estimate p Estimate p Estimate p Estimate p
Reported Symptoms             
No interest to play 1.16 0.12 2.52 <0.001         
Hot abdomen 0.79 0.02 0.56 0.05         
Difficult breathing 0.87 0.04 1.55 <0.001         
Degedege symptoms4      −2.65 0.04      15.16 <0.001
Perceived Causes             
Constitution/blood weakness 3.03 0.01 2.95 <0.001         
Sanitation/dirty environment 1.54 <0.001      1.43 0.04 1.39 0.03   
Bird/insect called degedge    −0.60 <0.001         
Spirits −1.72 0.03           
  1. Note: Model fitness based on the likelihood ratio (all models with p < 0.0001).
  2. 1 Model outcome: health facility immediate use (HF use) (same day or next day).
  3. 2 Model outcome: health facility and anti-malarial immediate use (HF AM) (same day or next day).
  4. 3 Model outcome: anti-malarial immediate use not from the health facility (AM not HF) (same day or next day): the definition of this category differs from the definition used in Table four of the baseline study [12] because we regrouped this category to include only AM from the drug shop without prior visit to health facility.
  5. 4 Grouped degedege symptoms include responses mentioning at least two of the following symptoms; twitching, body becomes stiff, delirium, eyes turn white, kicking of legs and arms, froth in the mouth, mouth twisted sideways, falling down, easily startled.