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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of mothers’ care-seeking for their children’s diarrhea and ARI episodes during the 2 weeks preceding the survey date in Ethiopia, 2016

From: Disparities in mothers’ healthcare seeking behavior for common childhood morbidities in Ethiopia: based on nationally representative data

Characteristics n (%) Diarrhea (n = 1227) ARI (n = 1280)
Yes (%) Yes (%)
Sex of the household head    
 Male 9494 (86.1) 449 (41.3) 283 (24.8)
 Female 1529 (13.9) 75 (52.8) 66 (47.1)
Residence    
 Urban 1216 (11.0) 74 (58.7) 50 (53.8)
 Rural 9807 (89.0) 450 (40.9) 299 (25.2)
Family structure    
 Monogamous 9243 (83.9) 451 (43.5) 283 (26.4)
 Polygamous 1219 (11.1) 42 (35.3) 40 (25.6)
Place of delivery    
 Institution 1216 (11.0) 200 (52.2) 155 (42.9)
 Home 9807 (89.0) 324 (38.3) 194 (21.1)
Religion    
 Orthodox Christians 3772 (34.2) 203 (45.0) 138 (29.2)
 Other 7251 (65.8) 321 (41.3) 210 (26.0)
Mothers work status    
 Working 2988 (27.1) 181 (48.4) 135 (34.7)
 Not working 8035 (72.9) 343 (40.2) 214 (24.0)
Postnatal check    
 No postnatal check for most recent birth 9706 (88.1) 98 (50.0) 79 (42.9)
 Had post-natal check for most recent birth 1316 (11.9) 426 (41.3) 270 (24.6)
Intimate partners violence    
 No 2763 (25.1) 112 (38.6) 65 (19.1)
 Yes, at least one type of violence 8259 (74.9) 412 (44.0) 284 (30.2)
Children ever born    
 1–3 4836 (43.9) 292 (48.8) 172 (30.8)
 4–6 3732 (33.9) 155 (36.6) 107 (24.7)
 6 +  2454 (22.2) 77 (37.4) 70 (24.3)
Birth order    
 First 2058 (18.7) 110 (44.0) 93 (36.0)
 Other 8965 (81.3) 413 (42.3) 255 (25.0)
Household wealth    
 Poorer and poorest 5156 (46.8) 200 (37.2) 129 (23.1)
 Medium 2280 (20.7) 103 (38.4) 75 (24.0)
 Richer and richest 3587 (32.5) 221 (52.4) 144 (35.2)
Immunization    
 Had at least one vaccination 9616 (87.2) 477 (43.4) 326 (29.1)
 Never had vaccination 1407 (12.8) 47 (36.4) 22 (13.8)
Mothers’ literacy status    
 Literate 3739 (33.9) 352 (38.8 247 (24.7)
 Illiterate 7284 (66.1) 172 (53.9) 102 (36.4)
Fathers’ literacy status    
 Literate 5385 (48.9) 290 (44.0) 209 (30.8)
 Illiterate 5637 (51.1) 234 (41.1) 140 (23.3)