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Table 1 Distribution of demographic, socioeconomic, and need characteristics among 10,580 women in rural Bangladesh

From: Patterns and determinants of care seeking for obstetric complications in rural northwest Bangladesh: analysis from a prospective cohort study

Characteristics No care (n = 2,319) % Informal provider only (n = 5,639) % At least one formal provider (n = 2,622) % Total (n = 10,580) % (n)
Demographic factors     
Women’s age***     
<18 years 15.8 7.8 4.4 13.8 (1460)
18-35 years 77.5 78.1 77.2 77.0 (8147)
>35 years 6.7 14.0 18.4 9.1 (971)
Missing 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 (2)
Parity*     
Nulliparity 28.6 19.3 19.0 24.3 (2571)
1-2 births 46.4 48.4 48.0 47.9 (5068)
>2 births 25.0 32.3 32.9 27.8 (2941)
Missing 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 (0)
Socioeconomic factors     
Household wealth index ***     
Lowest Quartile 26.0 25.5 22.0 25.2 (2709)
2nd Quartile 25.3 25.6 22.9 25.0 (2661)
3rd Quartile 24.8 25.5 22.2 25.0 (2675)
Highest Quartile 23.6 23.2 32.8 24.6 (2519)
Missing 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2 (16)
Women’s employment***     
No job 57.9 56.8 50.7 55.9 (5914)
Any job 42.0 43.1 49.2 44.0 (4653)
Missing 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 (13)
Women’s literacy***     
Illiterate 46.2 46.8 37.7 46.1 (4877)
Literate 53.5 53.0 62.2 53.7 (5686)
Missing 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2 (17)
Perceived need factors     
Obstetric history     
Live birth or no previous Pregnancy 73.3 74.4 72.6 73.1 (7742)
Previous stillbirth or Abortion 26.7 25.5 27.4 26.8 (2835)
Missing 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 (3)
Pregnancy wantedness (women)***     
Wanted pregnancy 17.5 48.1 56.4 43.1 (4560)
Mistimed pregnancy 13.6 10.0 6.7 14.4 (1524)
Unwanted pregnancy 68.1 41.3 36.4 41.8 (4422)
Missing 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.7 (74)
Service Factors     
Distance from facility (kilometers)     
Less than 10 km 20.0 20.0 23.2 20.4 (2180)
≥10 km 78.9 79.2 75.8 78.6 (8315)
Missing 1.1 0.8 1.0 1.0 (85)
  1. *p-value <0.05 of overall difference between the three groups using Chi-squared tests.
  2. ***p-value <0.001 of overall difference between the three groups using Chi-squared tests.
  3. Table 1 shows characteristics of interest among 10,580 married women of reproductive age with data on care seeking for reported obstetric complications or near misses between December 2007 and June 2011.