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Table 1 Characterizing drug shop attendants and care-seekers of children under five years seeking care from retail drug shops

From: Private retail drug shops: what they are, how they operate, and implications for health care delivery in rural Uganda

Drug seller Characteristics Mbarara (N = 40) Bushenyi (N = 34)   
  n (%) n (%) P-value*
Who attends to the drug shop  
 Owner 10 (25.6) 22 (64.7) < 0.00
Highest level of training for drug shop attendant interviewed
 Clinical Officer 8 (20.0) 5 (14.7)  
 Nurse/Midwife 24 (60.0) 20 (58.8) 0.73
 Others* 8 (20.0) 9 (26.4)  
Monthly salary earnings for drug shop attendants interviewed
 USD 9 – USD 44 24 (80.0) 34 (100.0)  
 USD 45 – USD 88 16 (20.0) 0 (0.00 < 0.00
Care-seekers’ characteristics (Exit interviews) Mbarara (N = 212) Bushenyi (N = 216)  
  n (%) 95% CI (in %) n (%) 95% CI (in %) P-value*
Highest level of education of care-seeker
 University 2 (0.95 [0.2, 3.7] 4 (1.8) [0.69, 4.8]  
 Tertiary 2 (0.9) [0.2, 3.7] 13 (6.0) [3.51, 10.1]  
 High School 7 (3.3) [1.5, 6.8] 7 (3.2) [1.54, 6.6]  
 O-Level 59 (28.1) [22.4, 34.5 76 (35.1) [29.07, 41.8] < 0.00
 Primary 123 (58.5) [51.7, 65.0] 109 (50.4) [43.79, 57.1]  
 None 17 (8.1) [5.0, 12.6] 7 (3.2) [1.54, 6.6]  
Employment status of care-seeker (n = 209)   (n = 214)   
Unemployed 8 (3.8) [1.9, 7.4] 40 (18.6) [13.92, 24.4]  
Housewife 25 (11.9) [8.1, 17.0] 53 (24.6) [19.32, 30.8] < 0.00
Self-employed 92 (43.8) [37.2, 50.6] 87 (40.4) [34.07, 47.1]  
Civil Servant 5 (2.3) [0.9, 5.6] 5 (2.3) [0.96, 5.4]  
Others 80 (38.1) [31.7, 44.8] 29 (13.4) [9.51, 18.7]  
  1. *P values presented are derived from chi-square, and it is comparing indicators across the two study groups (districts)
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