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Table 3 Factors associated with adherence to iron supplements—bivariate analysis

From: Adherence to iron supplements among women receiving antenatal care at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Uganda-cross-sectional study

Variable Non adherence N (%) Adherence N (%) OR 95% CI p value
Number of ANC visits*
 < 4 ANC visits 202 (61.8) 20 (46.6) 1.0   
 ≥ 4 ANC visits 125 (38.2) 23 (53.4) 1.87 0.99–3.55 0.05
Received iron at previous visit*
 Yes 291 (89.0) 42 (97.7) 1.0   
 No 36 (11.0) 1 (2.3) 0.19 0.02–0.76 0.11
Health talk on supplements*
 Yes 107 (28.9) 25 (58.1) 1.0   
 No 220 (64.2) 18 (41.9) 0.40 0.21–0.76 0.01
Duration of use of iron
 ≤ 90 days 272 (83.2) 33 (76.7) 1.0   
 > 90 days 55 (16.8) 10 (23.3) 1.50 0.69–3.21 0.30
Do you always get your drugs*
 Yes 247 (75.5) 38 (88.4) 1.0   
 No 80 (24.5) 5 (11.6) 0.41 0.15–1.07 0.07
Iron tablets received on last visit*
 ≤ 14 tablets 128 (39.2) 8 (18.6) 1.0
 > 14 tablets 199 (60.8) 35 (81.4) 2.81 2.26–6.25 0.01
Are you taking other medication?*
 No 75 (22.9) 16 (37.2) 1.0   
 Yes 252 (77.1) 27 (62.8) 1.99 1.02–3.89 0.04
  1. *Significant at bivariate analysis