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Table 4 Association of caretakers’ malaria related knowledge and other selected background factors with LLIN use by children 2–9 years of age, Ethiopia

From: Caretakers’ understanding of malaria, use of insecticide treated net and care seeking-behavior for febrile illness of their children in Ethiopia

Variables Categories LLIN use previous night  
   Yes No Beta P-value AOR (95%CI)
Altitude ASL   Low* 179 (65.1) 96 (34.9)   0.180 1
  Mid 260 (72.2) 100 (27.8) −0.09 0.773 0.91 (0.49–1.69)
  High 52 (70.3) 22 (29.7) 0.26 0.398 1.29 (0.71–2.35)
Residence   Rural 338 (65.9) 175 (34.1) −0.53 0.014 0.59 (0.39–0.89)
  Urban* 153 (78.1) 43 (21.9)    1
Knowledge of classical symptoms Fever No 272 (70.6) 113 (29.4) 0.05 0.798 1.06 (0.70–1.59)
  Yes* 219 (67.6) 105 (32.4)    1
Chills No 131 (62.4) 79 (37.6) −0.26 0.247 0.77 (0.49–1.19)
  Yes* 360 (72.1) 139 (27.9)    1
Headache No 286 (67.0) 141 (33.0) −0.32 0.136 0.73 (0.48–1.11)
  Yes* 205 (72.7) 77 (27.3)    1
Perceived causation of malaria Misquote bite No 157 (66.0) 81 (34.0) −0.13 0.602 0.88 (0.55–1.42)
Yes* 334 (70.9) 137 (29.1)    1
Stagnant water No 438 (68.2) 204 (31.8) −0.81 0.021 0.44 (0.22–0.89)
Yes* 53 (79.1) 14 (20.9)    1
Poor hygiene No 441 (68.7) 201 (31.3) −0.45 0.177 0.64 (0.33–1.23)
Yes* 50 (74.6) 17 (25.4)    1
Knowledge of prevention measures Sleeping under LLIN No 119 (60.4) 78 (39.6) −0.76 0.003 0.47 (0.28–0.77)
Yes* 372 (72.7) 140 (27.3)    1
IRS No 457 (69.3) 202 (30.7) 0.30 0.388 1.35 (0.68–2.69)
  Yes* 34 (68.0) 16 (32.0)    1
Environmental Management No 248 (65.6) 130 (34.4) −0.04 0.834 0.96 (0.65–1.42)
Yes* 243 (73.4) 88 (26.6)    1
Knowledge of vulnerable group <5 years old No 207 (68.8) 94 (31.2) −0.14 0.645 0.87 (0.49–1.57)
  Yes* 284 (69.6) 124 (30.4)    1
Sex of child   Male 257 (69.1) 115 (30.9) 0.01 0.953 1.01 (0.72–1.42)
   Female* 222 (68.7) 101 (31.3)    1
Age of child   <5 213 (70.5) 89 (29.5) 0.05 0.781 1.05 (0.74–1.48)
   ≥5* 266 (67.7) 127 (32.3)    1
Malaria transmission levels   Low 295 (68.4) 136 (31.6) −0.11 0.706 0.89 (0.51–1.59)
  Moderate 150 (70.4) 63 (29.6) −0.02 0.957 0.98 (0.53–1.81)
  High* 46 (70.8) 19 (29.2)    1
Overall knowledge      −0.01 0.589 0.99 (0.98–1.01)
Family size      −0.16 0.001 0.86 (0.78–0.94)
  1. *reference category