Table 2

Percentage of local perception of blood and blood-related diseases, stratified by people’s willingness or unwillingness of using an RDT for malaria
Local perception of blood n (%) χ2 p
Total Willing (n=34) Unwilling (n=66)
Blood is sacred body fluid
 Yes 54 (54.0) 24 (44.4) 30 (55.6)
 No 46 (46.0) 10 (21.7) 36 (78.3) 4.74 0.029
Blood keeps life in the body
 No 91 (91.0) 29 (31.9) 62 (68.1)
 Yes 9 (9.0) 5 (55.6) 4 (44.4) 0.267
Malaria is inside the blood
 Yes 44 (44.0) 23 (52.3) 21 (47.7)
 No 42 (42.0) 7 (16.7) 35 (83.3)
 Don’t know 14 (14.0) 4 (28.6) 10 (71.4) 0.002
Know about malaria
 Don’t know 51 (51.0) 15 (29.4) 36 (70.6)
 Symptoms 38 (38.0) 10 (26.3) 28 (73.7)
 Malaria test 11 (11.0) 9 (81.8) 2 (18.2) 0.002
Custom allows blood test
 Yes 86 (86.0) 29 (33.7) 57 (66.3)
 No 11 (11.0) 4 (36.4) 7 (63.6)
 Don’t know 3 (3.0) 1 (33.3) 2 (66.7) 1.000
Religion allows blood test
 Yes 77 (77.0) 26 (33.8) 51 (66.2)
 Don’t know 13 (13.0) 4 (30.8) 9 (69.2)
 No 10 (10.0) 4 (40.0) 6 (60.0) 0.873
Reason to have a blood examination performed or not
 Care 50 (50.0) 22 (44.0) 28 (56.0)
 HIV test 34 (34.0) 4 (11.8) 30 (88.2)
 Fate of blood after test 8 (8.0) 2 (25.0) 6 (75.0)
 No problem 7 (7.0) 6 (85.7) 1 (14.3) <0.001
Need to do blood test for a patient
 Depends on disease 59 (59.0) 14 (23.7) 45 (76.3)
 Yes 19 (19.0) 16 (84.2) 3 (15.8)
 No 13 (13.0) 3 (23.1) 10 (76.9)
 Don’t know 8 (8.0) 1 (12.5) 7 (87.5) <0.001
Need to do blood test for malaria patient
 No 65 (65.0) 6 (9.2) 59 (90.8)
 Yes 33 (33.0) 28 (84.8) 5 (15.2)
 Don’t know 2 (2.0) 0 (0) 2 (100) <0.001
Justification to do blood testing by suspected malaria patients
 Know malaria 65 (65.0) 6 (9.2) 59 (90.8)
 Don’t know 34 (34.0) 28 (86.4) 6 (13.6)
 Treated without test 1 (1.0) 0 (0) 1 (100) <0.002

† Fisher’s exact test.

Comoé et al.

Comoé et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:1089   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-1089

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