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Table 2 Characteristics of children enrolled in OTP centres, the length of stay and number cured

From: Evaluation of outpatient therapeutic programme for management of severe acute malnutrition in three districts of the eastern province, Zambia

Variables Total Kwashiorkor Marasmus p-value
SAM 390 (100) 238 (61.0) 152 (39.0)  
Gender
 Male 166 (42.6) 103 (43.3) 63 (41.4) 0.401
 Female 224 (57.4) 135 (56.7) 89 (58.6)
Age (in months)
o 6–11 63 (16.2) 20 (8.4) 43 (28.3) 0.001
o 12–23 193 (49.5) 116 (48.7) 77 (50.7)
o 24–59 134 (34.4) 102 (42.5) 32 (20.9)
District
o Chipata 131 (33.6) 63 (26.5) 68 (44.7) 0.001
o Katete 129 (33.1) 97 (40.8) 32 (21.1)
o Petauke 130 (33.3) 78 (32.8) 52 (34.2)
Duration of stay in OTP centre
o <30 days 137 (35.1) 101 (42.4) 36 (23.7) 0.001
o 30–60 days 106 (27.2) 49 (20.6) 57 (37.5)
o >60 days 147 (37.7) 88 (37.0) 59 (38.8)
Mean length of stay (in days) 44 43 46  
Proportion Discharged Cureda
 All 312 (80.0) 189 (79.4) 123 (80.9) 0.410
 Male 142 (39.4) 86 (36.1) 56 (36.8) 0.492
 Female 170 (43.6) 103 (43.3) 67 (44.1) 0.234
  1. aProportions of those discharged cured is based on the total number (N = 390) of SAM children admitted (as the denominator)