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Table 1 Completeness of assessment areas under paper-based and electronic systems for ten assessment areas programmed into eIMCI

From: Using electronic technology to improve clinical care – results from a before-after cluster trial to evaluate assessment and classification of sick children according to Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) protocol in Tanzania

Assessment area from the IMCI protocol System    
Paper-based system Electronic system OR CI p-value
(Np = 671) (Ne = 550)
Vomiting everything 518 (77.2%) 526 (95.6%) 6.3 (1.2-34.5) 0.033
Ability to drink 464 (70.3%) 527 (95.8%) 9.5 (2.3-39.6) 0.002
Ability to breastfeed‡‡ 310 (83.3%) 308 (97.8%) 7.8 (2.5-24.8) <0.001
Convulsions 519 (77.7%) 544 (99.1%) 26.1 (9.9-68.7) <0.001
Visibly awake†† 540 (80.6%) 528 (96.2%) 5.6 (2.6-12.2) <0.001
Diarrhea 581 (86.6%) 549 (99.8%) 92.1 (7.5-1118.8) <0.001
Fever 656 (97.8%) 548 (99.6%) 6.6 (1.3-32.8) 0.022
Cough/difficulty breathing 602 (89.7%) 548 (99.6%) 27.4 (6.8-111.1) <0.001
Ear problems 408 (60.8%) 545 (99.1%) 61.6 (18.4-206.4) <0.001
Feeding change during illness* 377 (64.1%) 448 (92.4%) 6.8 (2.6-17.6) <0.001
  1. Population average from GEE analysis; Np = 668, Ne = 549; †† Np = 670, Ne = 549; ‡‡ Limited to children under 24 months, Np = 372, Ne = 315; * Np = 588, Ne = 485.