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Table 2 Type of treatment prior to death

From: Shaping healthcare-seeking processes during fatal illness in resource-poor settings. A study in Lao PDR

Type of treatment prior to death Number of deaths
No treatment 1
Traditional medicine only 5
Self-treatment with biomedicine 5
Biomedical healthcare during last month 4
Biomedical healthcare during last week 2
Biomedical healthcare immediately prior to death 9
Total 26
  1. Biomedical health care includes treatment by all types of providers trained by the Ministry of Health; Trained Birth Attendants, Village Health Volunteers, nurses and medical doctors.
  2. Immediately prior to death is defined as patients who died at a health facility, in the presence of a Village Health Worker/nurse in the home, or died on the way home from a health facility a few hours after leaving.