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Table 2 Distribution of newborns seeking curative and preventive care from different types of providers, by gestational age

From: Determinants and pattern of care seeking for preterm newborns in a rural Bangladeshi cohort

Type of providers Health care Providers Newborns for whom families/parents sought care health care¥
Babies born at Term (>37 weeks) and sought care Babies born preterm and sought care (N = 1,197)
Very preterm (28–31 weeks) Moderate preterm (32–34 weeks) Late preterm (35–36 weeks)
   N = 4,619 N = 135 N = 411 N = 651
Qualified Doctor [Medical graduate (MBBS1)] 1025 (22.2) 26 (19.3) 98 (23.8) 118 (18.1)
Nurse/Paramedic (FWV/MA/SACMO1) 514 (11.1) 18 (13.3) 43 (10.5) 67 (10.3)
Non-Qualified HA/FWA1 66 (1.4) 2 (1.5) 6 (1.5) 17 (2.6)
CHW1 99 (2.1) 6 (4.4) 10 (2.4) 22 (3.4)
Homeopath 2288 (49.5) 62 (45.9) 187 (45.5) 350 (53.8)
Village Doctor 387 (8.4) 12 (8.9) 40 (9.7) 46 (7.1)
  Others* 240 (5.2) 9 (6.7) 27 (6.6) 31 (4.8)
  1. ¥Figures are presented as numbers (percent); χ 2 = 6.66; p = 0.084.
  2. *Ayurvedic, quack (Ojha, Kabiraj), Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA), Trained Traditional Birth Attendant (TTBA), herbal practitioner, Spiritual Leader/Imam (Muslim religious leader).
  3. 1 MBBS = Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; FWV = Family Welfare Visitor; SACMO = Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officer; MA = Medical Assistant; HA = Health Assistant; FWA = Family Welfare Assistant; CHW = Community Health Worker.