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Table 1 Health care seeking in Lebanon among Syrian refugees and Lebanese host community children

From: Health service utilization and access to medicines among Syrian refugee and host community children in Lebanon

  Syrian refugees Host community Population comparison p value
% [95 CI] % [95 CI]
Last time care was neededa n = 1144 n = 378  
 Less than 2 weeks ago 45.5 [41.9,49.1] 35.2 [29.9,40.8] <0.001
 2 weeks to <1 month ago 29.5 [26.4,32.7] 32.8 [28.5,37.5]
 1 month to <3 months ago 17.3 [14.9,20.0] 19.6 [15.4,24.5]
 3 months to <6 months ago 4.4 [3.3,5.8] 4.5 [2.8,7.1]
 6 months to <1 year ago 1.6 [1.0,2.4] 1.6 [0.6,4.0]
 More than 1 year ago 1.8 [1.1,3.0] 6.3 [4.1,9.7]
Reason for most recent care neededa n = 1123 n = 354  
 Respiratory problem 61.1 [58.1,64.0] 60.5 [55.9,64.9] 0.371
 Fever 8.1 [6.6,10.0] 7.6 [5.2,11.1]
 Diarrhea 5.0 [3.8,6.6] 8.5 [6.2,11.6]
 Skin problem 3.9 [2.9,5.2] 2.3 [1.1,4.4]
 Injury 3.7 [2.7,4.9] 4.0 [2.2,7.0]
 Ear problem 3.2 [2.3,4.4] 3.7 [2.2,6.2]
 Asthma 3.3 [2.4,4.6] 1.1 [0.4,3.0]
 Dental care 2.6 [1.8,3.7] 4.2 [2.6,6.9]
 Eye problem 1.5 [0.9,2.4] 2.0 [1.0,4.0]
 Behavioral/emotional problem 0.8 [0.4,1.6] 0.3 [0.0,2.0]
 Worms 0.3 [0.1,0.8] 0  
 Other 6.6 [5.2,8.3] 5.9 [3.9,8.9]
Received attention last time care was neededa n = 1123 n = 354  
 Yes, sought and received care 74.2 [70.2,77.8] 89.0 [84.9,92.0] <0.001
 Did not seek care 18.6 [15.8,21.8] 8.5 [5.9,11.9]
 Sought, but did not receive care 7.1 [5.4,9.4] 2.5 [1.2,5.4]
Location of most recent care in Lebanonb
 Primary health care center 52.7 [48.1,57.2] 23.2 [18.1,29.1] <0.001
 Private clinic (cabinet) 17.8 [15.0,21.0] 47.6 [41.8,53.5]
 Hospital 5.6 [4.1,7.6] 12.7 [9.3,17.1]
 Pharmacy 22.2 [18.7,26.2] 14.9 [11.3,19.5]
 Other 1.7 [0.8,3.6] 1.6 [0.6,4.5]
Facility type of most recent careb
 Primary/secondary/private provider 70.8 [66.7,74.7] 71.1 [65.7,76.0] <0.001
 Hospital 5.6 [4.1,7.6] 12.7 [9.3,17.1]
 Pharmacy or shop 23.5 [19.8,27.7] 16.2 [12.3,21.0]
Reason for not receiving needed carec n = 289 n = 39  
 Could not afford provider costs 92.0 [87.1,95.2] 69.2 [54.5,80.9] <0.001
 Family decided care should not be sought 2.4 [1.1,5.5] 17.9 [9.0,32.6]
 No transportation/difficult to access 1.0 [0.1,7.2] 2.6 [0.4,16.0]
 Could not afford transportation costs 1.0 [0.3,3.2] 0  
 Disliked long wait time on previous visit(s) 1.0 [0.3,3.3] 0  
 Did not know where to go 0.7 [0.2,2.7] 0  
 Appointment scheduled/still waiting 0.3 [0.0,2.5] 2.6 [0.4,16.0]
 Provider’s equipment or drugs are inadequate 0.3 [0.0,2.5] 0  
 Could not take time off work/other commitments 0   2.6 [0.3,16.7]
 Security 0.3 [0.0,2.5] 0  
 Other     
  1. aAs percent of all household index cases that needed care in Lebanon
  2. bAs percent of all household index cases that received care in Lebanon
  3. cAs percent of all household index cases that did not receive needed care in Lebanon
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