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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of Pediatric Development Clinic patients and caretakers

From: Assessing retention in care after 12 months of the Pediatric Development Clinic implementation in rural Rwanda: a retrospective cohort study

  Total (N = 228)
N %
Child Characteristics
 Gender
  Female 132 57.9
  Male 94 41.2
  Missing 2 0.9
 Age at the first visit (months)
   < 1 83 36.4
  1–5 79 34.7
  6–11 11 4.8
  12+ 21 9.2
  Missing   
 Gestational age at birth (weeks)
  Extremely preterm (<  28) 7 3.1
  Very preterm (28–32) 18 7.9
  Moderate/late (32–37) 63 27.6
  Term (37+) 73 32.0
  Missing 67 29.4
 Birth weight (grams)
  Normal (> 2500) 66 29.0
  Low (1500–2499) 75 32.9
  Very Low (1000–1499) 35 15.4
  Extremely Low (< 1000) 2 0.9
  Missing 50 21.9
 Diagnosis (Reason for referral)1
  PT/LBW (N = 227) 142 62.6
  HIE (N = 226) 78 34.5
  Trisomy 21 (N = 210) 6 2.9
  Cleft palate (N = 210) 4 1.9
  Hydrocephalus (N = 210) 3 1.4
  Other delay (N = 210) 9 4.3
  Other reasons (N = 210) 11 5.2
  Diagnosed with multiple conditions (N = 227) 29 12.8
Caretaker Characteristics
 Age (years)
  15–19 12 5.3
  20–24 67 29.4
  25–34 86 37.7
  35–44 39 17.1
  44+ 4 1.8
  Missing 20 8.8
 Relationship with the child
  Mother 161 70.6
  Father 2 0.9
  Grandmother 2 0.9
  Missing 63 27.6
 Level of education completed
  No education 29 12.7
  Some primary school 70 39.7
  Primary school 69 30.3
  Secondary or higher 8 3.5
  Missing 52 22.8
 Marital status
  Married or cohabitating 195 85.5
  Single, widowed, or divorced 19 8.3
  Missing 14 6.1
 Socioeconomic status
  Does not qualify for government support 109 47.8
  Qualifies for government support 21 9.2
  Missing 98 43.0
 Number of other dependents in home
  None 20 8.8
  1–3 children 109 47.8
  4–5 children 29 12.7
  6+ children 16 7.0
  Missing 54 23.7
  1. PT/LBW preterm/low birth weight, HIE hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  2. 1Multiple diagnoses per patient were present