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Table 2 Basic characteristics

From: Impact of Medical Doctors Global Health and Tropical Medicine on decision-making in caesarean section: a pre- and post-implementation study in a rural hospital in Malawi

Characteristics N % Characteristics N %
Age (years)    Gestational age (weeks)   
 < 20 169 26.2  < 32 10 1.6
 20–24 184 28.5  32–34 20 3.1
 25–29 124 19.2  35–36 110 17.1
 30–34 81 12.6  37–39 183 28.4
 ≥ 35 63 9.8  ≥ 40 33 5.1
 Unknown 24 3.7  Unknown 289 44.8
 Total 645 100  Total 645 100
 Mean 24.4 (SD 6.34)    Mean 37.0 (SD 2.30)  
Parity    Previous CS   
 0 253 39.2  0 466 72.2
 1–2 251 38.9  1 120 18.6
 ≥ 3 123 19.1  ≥ 2 42 6.5
 Unknown 18 2.8  Unknown 17 2.6
 Total 645 100  Total 645 100
 Mean 1.37 (SD 1.63)    Mean 0.33 (SD 0.61)  
Birthweight (g)    Type of clinician   
 < 1 500 10 1.5  Medical officer 82 12.7
 1 500–1 999 25 3.7  Clinical officer 518 80.3
 2 000–2 499 69 10.1  Unknown 45 7.0
 2 500–2 999 174 25.5  Total 645 100
 3 000–3 499 238 34.9 Timing of CS   
 ≥ 3 500 110 16.1  Office hours (08.00–17.00) 323 50.1
 Unknown 56 8.2  Outside office hours 309 47.9
 Total 682 (37 twin gestations) 100  Unknown 13 2.0
 Mean 2944 g
(SD 563 g)
   Total 645 100
  1. CS caesarean section