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Table 2 Treatment seeking behaviour for febrile illnesses in relation to socio-economic characteristics of the participants (n = 281)

From: Treatment-seeking behaviour for febrile illnesses and its implications for malaria control and elimination in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR (Laos): a mixed method study

Characteristics Total (n = 281) Allopathic health services (n = 200) Non-allopathic health services (n = 81) p-value
  Number (%) Number (%) Number (%)  
Villages
 OTP 65 (23.1) 52 (26) 13 (16) 0.306
 PMM 74 (26.3) 50 (25) 24 (29.6)  
 TT 82 (29.2) 55 (27.5) 27 (33.3)  
 XT 60 (21.4) 43 (21.5) 17 (21)  
Respondent status
 Family head 188 (66.9) 139 (69.5) 49 (60.5) 0.309
 Wife of family head 70 (24.9) 45 (64.3) 25 (30.9)  
 Other 23 (8.2) 16 (8) 7 (8.6)  
Age Group
  ≤ 30 years 91 (32.4) 63 (31.5) 28 (34.6) 0.869
 31–50 years 138 (49.1) 99 (49.5) 39 (48.1)  
  ≥ 51 years 52 (18.5) 38 (19) 14 (17.3)  
Sex
 Male 201 (71.5) 149 (74.5) 52 (64.2) 0.083
 Female 80 (28.5) 51 (25.5) 29 (35.8)  
Ethnicitya
 Laothung 269 (95.7) 192 (96) 77 (95.1) 0.472
 Other 12 (4.3) 8 (4) 4 (4.9)  
Religion
 Buddhist 9 (3.2) 8 (4) 1 (1.2) 0.213
 Animist 272 (96.8) 192 (96) 80 (98.8)  
Marital status
 In relationship 262 (93.2) 186 (93) 76 (93.8) 0.518
 Not in relationship 19 (6.8) 14 (7) 5 (6.2)  
Literacy
 Literate 67 (23.8) 54 (27) 13 (16) 0.051
 Illiterate 214 (76.2) 146 (73) 68 (84)  
Level of Education
 Not attended school 204 (72.6) 138 (69) 66 (81.5) 0.034
 Attended school 77 (27.4) 62 (31) 15 (18.5)  
Occupation
 Farmer 254 (90.4) 183 (91.5) 71 (87.7) 0.322
 Other 27 (9.6) 17 (8.5) 10 (12.3)  
Monthly Income
  ≤ 500,000 kip (≤60 USD) 192 (68.3) 131 (65.5) 61 (75.3) 0.007
 500,001 to 2,000,000 kip (60 to 240 USD) 41 (14.6) 33 (16.5) 8 (9.9)  
  ≥ 2,000,001 kip (≥240 USD) 27 (9.6) 25 (12.5) 2 (2.5)  
 Don’t know/NA 21 (7.5) 11 (52.4) 10 (12.3)  
Daily Expense
  ≤ 1000 kip (≤0.12 USD) 99 (35.2) 72 (36) 27 (33.3) 0.289
 1001 to 10,000 kip (0.12 to 1.18 USD) 120 (42.7) 80 (40) 40 (49.4)  
  ≥ 10,000 kip (≥1.18 USD) 62 (22.1) 48 (24) 14 (17.3)  
Is the income enough to sustain living?
 Yes 82 (29.2) 52 (26) 30 (37) 0.047
 No 198 (70.5) 148 (74) 50 (61.7)  
 Not sure/Don’t know 1 (0.4) 0 1 (1.2)  
  1. aKa Tarng = 1 (0.4%), Lao Loum = 3 (1.1%), Mangkong = 200 (71.2%), Phu Thai = 6 (2.1%), Ta Oi = 3 (1.1%), Tree = 64 (22.8%), Vietnamese = 4 (1.4%)