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Table 1 Characteristics of patients attending health center in Ntaja, Malawi

From: Examination of patient flow in a rural health center in Malawi

Characteristic Number (%) N = 1018
Age group
Children 518 (50.9 %)
Adults 500 (49.1 %)
Travel time to center (minutes) 55.3 (44.9)
Transport costs to center ($US) 0.12 (0.33)
Day of center visit
Monday 237 (23.3 %)
Tuesday 231 (22.7 %)
Wednesday 166 (16.3 %)
Thursday 184 (18.0 %)
Friday 201 (19.8 %)
Presenting symptom
Fever 563 (55.2 %)
Cough 397 (38.9 %)
Diarrhea 68 (6.7 %)
Body ache 232 (22.8 %)
Other 439 (43.0 %)
Diagnosis
Muscular/skeletal pain 302 (29.8 %)
Malaria 286 (28.3 %)
Respiratory infection 197 (19.5 %)
Fever 79 (7.8 %)
Other 148 (14.6 %)
Medicine prescribed
Paracetamol 625 (41.2 %)
Multivitamins 394 (26.0 %)
Lumefantrine/artemether 266 (17.5 %)
Fansidar 48 (3.2 %)
Clotrimazole 45 (3.0 %)
Other 139 (9.1 %)
Medicines prescribed were dispensed
Yes 3854 (89.9 %)
No 434 (10.1 %)
Medicines prescribed but not dispensed
Paracetamol 229 (52.8 %)
Multivitamins 82 (18.9 %)
Aspirin 11 (2.6 %)
Oral rehydration salts 10 (2.3 %)
Calamine lotion 10 (2.3 %)
Other 92 (21.2 %)
Patient satisfaction
Excellent 8 (0.8 %)
Very good 234 (23.0 %)
Good 472 (46.3 %)
Poor 245 (24.0 %)
Very poor 60 (5.9 %)
Number of providers seen
One 83 (8.1 %)
Two 244 (23.9 %)
Three 462 (45.3 %)
Four 203 (19.9 %)
Five 27 (2.7 %)
Six 1 (0.1 %)