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Table 3 Distribution of patients' and practitioners' characteristics in the prescriptions of acute diarrhoea collected by 17 pharmacies and 5 major hospitals of Ujjain, India (n = 843)

From: Adherence to treatment guidelines for acute diarrhoea in children up to 12 years in Ujjain, India - a cross-sectional prescription analysis

Patient characteristics   Number Percentage
Age 0 to < 1 year 221 26
  1 to < 5 years 323 38
  5 to ≤12 years 299 36
Sex Male 481 57
  Female 362 43
Locality Urban 289 34
  Rural 554 66
Patient setting Outpatient 612 73
  In patient 231 27
Month of prescription June 262 31
  July 516 61
  August 65 8
Diarrhoea Information    
Duration of diarrhoea Up to 7 days 819 97
  More than 7 days 24 3
Associated symptoms Presence of fever 442 52
  Presence of pain in stomach 183 22
  Presence of vomiting 348 41
  Presence of blood in stools 89 11
Practitioner's characteristics    
Prescriptions according to practitioner's qualifications Paediatricians (Post-graduate degree or diploma) 571 68
  Allopathic graduates (MBBS) 101 12
  Others (alternate system of medicine and informal health-care providers) 171 20
Duration in practice 0 - 10 years 569 68
  More than 10 years 274 32
Practice setting Free 170 20
  Charitable 141 17
  Private 532 63