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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of study participants

From: Determinants of healthcare seeking for childhood illnesses among caregivers of under-five children in urban slums in Malawi: a population-based cross-sectional study

Background characteristicsSentiMgonaNtandireTotal
 N = 110 (%)N = 188 (%)N = 245 (%)N = 543 (%)
Sex
 Male3 (2.7%)4 (2.1%)2 (0.8%)9 (1.7%)
 Female107 (97.3%)184 (97.9%)243 (99.2%)534 (98.3%)
Age of caregivers (years)
 16–2548 (43.6%)81 (43.1%)103 (42%)232 (42.7%)
 26–3027 (24.5%)54 (28.7%)77 (31.4%)158 (29.1%)
  ≥ 3135 (31.8%)53 (28.2%)65 (26.5%)153 (28.2%)
Education level of caregivers
 No education / Junior Primary23 (20.9%)56(29.8%)47 (19.2%)126 (23.2%)
 Senior Primary47 (42.7%)90 (47.9%)118 (48.2%)255 (47%)
 Secondary and above40 (36.4%)42 (22.3%)80 (32.7%)162 (29.8%)
Age of children (months)
 1–1118(16.4%)41 (21.8%)55 (22.4%)114 (21%)
 12–2332 (29.1%)42 (22.3%)51 (20.8%)125 (23%)
 24–3640 (36.4%)55 (29.3%)67 (27.3%)162 (29.8%)
 37–5320 (18.2%)50 (25.8%)72 (29.4%)142 (25.9%)
Autonomy of caregivers
 Low autonomy45 (40.9%)67(35.6%)98 (40%)210 (38.7%)
 High autonomy65 (59.1%)121 (64.4%)147 (60%)333 (61.3%)
Social Capital
 Low48 (43.6%)78 (41.5%)94 (38.4%)219 (40.5%)
 High62 (56.4%)110 (58.5%)151 (61.6%)323(59.5%)
Marital Status
 Single/Divorced/Widow15 (3.6%)17 (9.1%)21 (8.6%)53 (9.8%)
 Married95 (86.4%)171 (90.9%)224 (91.4%)490 (90.2%)
Maternal ethnicity
 Chewa44 (40%)53 (28.2%)76 (31%)173 (31.9%)
 Ngoni23 (20.9%)53 (28.2%)74 (30.2%)150 (27.6%)
 Lomwe23 (20.9%)37 (19.7%)38 (15.5%)98 (18.%)
 Others20 (18.2%)45 (23.9%)57 (23.3%)122 (22.5%)