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Table 2 Health seeking behaviour stratified by severity of diarrhoea (severity based on # of stools and dehydration)

From: Health seeking behaviour among suspected cases of cholera in Cameroonian health districts in Lake Chad basin

Indicator Total Frequency (%) P value
Moderate/no dehydration Severe dehydration
Where the patient first sought treatment     0.0000
 Pharmacy/other health facilities 132 (7.1) 94 (10.1) 38 (4.1)  
 Community volunteers/distributors 21 (1.1) 9 (1.0) 12 (1.3)  
 Auto-medication/unknown medications 451 (24.4) 38 (4.1) 413 (45.1)  
 Traditional healers 20 (1.1) 12 (1.3) 8 (0.9)  
 No treatment sought 1225 (66.3) 780 (83.5) 445 (48.6)  
Rehydration solution taken at the onset of diarrhoea before coming to the provider     0.0000
 Yes 263 (14.2) 92 (9.9) 171 (18.7)  
 No 1586 (85.8) 841 (90.1) 745 (81.3)  
Any medication taken     0.0000
 No 1269 (68.6) 728 (78.0) 541 (59.1)  
 Antibiotic 244 (13.2) 111 (11.9) 133 (14.5)  
 Others 336 (18.2) 94 (10.1) 242 (26.4)  
Duration from symptom onset to the time of seeking treatment (days)     0.0000
 ≤2 1476 (79.8) 803 (86.1) 673 (73.5)  
 >2 373 (20.2) 130 (13.9) 243 (26.5)  
Distance travelled to reach the health facility (km)     0.9084
 <5 1423 (77.0) 717 (76.8) 706 (77.1)  
 ≥5 426 (23.0) 216 (23.2) 210 (22.9)  
Time travelled to health facility (h)     0.0000
 ≤1 1427 (77.2) 619 (66.3) 808 (88.2)  
 >1 422 (22.8) 314 (33.7) 108 (11.8)  
Mode of travel to health facility     0.0000
 Motorized 1405 (76.0) 782 (83.8) 623 (68.0)  
 Non-motorized 444 (24.0) 151 (16.2) 293 (32.0)