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Table 3 Background characteristics of mothers, providers and facility administrators

From: Referral systems for preterm, low birth weight, and sick newborns in Ethiopia: a qualitative assessment

  Mothers
n = 32 a
Providers
n = 96
Facility Administrators
n = 37
Characteristics No. (%) No. (%) No. (%)
Age, yearsb
 15 to 19 8 (25.0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
 20 to 29 18 (56.3) 78 (81.3) 24 (66.7)
 30 to 39 6 (18.8) 15 (15.6) 10 (37.8)
 40 and older 0 (0) 3 (3.1) 2 (5.6)
Sex
 Female 32 (100.0) 55 (57.3) 21 (56.8)
 Male n/a 41 (42.7) 16 (43.2)
Gravid
 Primiparous 19 (59.4)   
 Multiparous 13 (14.6)   
Profession
 Health extension worker   0 (0) 13 (35.1)
 Midwife   54 (56.3) 1 (2.7)
 Nurse   29 (30.2) 15 (40.5)
 Health officer   9 (9.4) 7 (18.9)
 Physician   4 (4.2) 0 (0)
 Neonatologist   0 (0) 1 (2.7)
Facility level
 Referral hospital   13 (13.5) 2 (5.4)
 General hospital   0 (0) 3 (8.1)
 Primary hospital   12 (12.5) 1 (2.7)
 Health center   71 (74.0) 16 (43.2)
 Health post   0 (0) 15 (40.5)
Region
 Addis Ababa 20 (62.5) 59 (61.5) 12 (32.4)
 Amhara 5 (15.6) 22 (22.9) 14 (37.8)
 Oromia 7 (21.9) 15 (15.6) 11 (29.7)
  1. a n = 32 for the demographic survey, n = 22 for completed interviews
  2. b One facility administrator participant not reported