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Table 2 Binary logistic regression analysis to identify factors associated with wasting among children admitted to pediatric intensive care at the University of Gondar comprehensive specialized hospital, northwest Ethiopia February 1, 2018, to July 30, 2019 (n = 313)

From: Wasting and associated factors among critically ill children admitted to pediatric intensive care unit in Ethiopia

Characteristics Wasting Crude OR Adjusted OR
Yes No
Age in months
 ≤12 25 63 1 1
 13-24 10 19 1.32(0.54 3.24) 1.16(0.41 3.31)
 25-60 15 51 0.74(0.35 1.55) 0.53(0.21 1.30)
 61-132 23 40 1.45(0.72 2.89) 1.15(0.50 2.63)
 >132 27 40 1.70(0.86 3.33) 1.39(0.63 3.06)
Caregiver’ level of education
 No formal education 90 153 3.52(1.72 7.23) 4.43(1.62 12.10)*
 Primary and above 10 60 1 1
Caregivers’ occupation
 Farmers 76 147 1 1
 Merchants and private 6 26 0.44(0.17 1.15) 0.75(0.23 2.40)
 Government employee 6 25 0.46(0.18 1.18) 0.64(0.15 2.81)
 Unemployed 12 15 1.54(0.69 3.47) 1.58(0.59 4.24)
Source of admission
 Home 8 28 1 1
 Other facilities 8 29 0.96(0.31 2.92) 1.08(0.32 3.59)
 Emergency room 60 129 1.62(0.70 3.78) 1.88(0.75 4.73)
 Wards 24 27 3.11(1.19 8.11) 2.98(1.02 8.69)*
Duration of illness before visit any health facility
 <6 days 38 126 1 1
 ≥6 days 62 87 2.36(1.45 3.84) 2.14(1.22 3.77)*
Comorbidities
 Yes 73 197 4.55(2.32 8.93) 6.85(2.93 16.05)*
 No 27 16 1 1
Critical illness
 Yes 44 56 2.20(1.33 3.62) 1.48(0.82 2.65)
 No 56 157 1 1
  1. *significant at p<0.05