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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants

From: Long-term outcomes for women after obstetric fistula repair in Lilongwe, Malawi: a qualitative study

Characteristic n (%)
# of study participants 20
Age  
 <20 1 (5 %)
 20–29 5 (25 %)
 30–39 8 (40 %)
 40–49 1 (5 %)
 ≥50 4 (20 %)
 Don’t know 1 (5 %)
District  
 Kasungu 2 (10 %)
 Ntcheu 1 (5 %)
 Nkhotakota 4 (20 %)
 Dowa 6 (30 %)
 Mchinji 1 (5 %)
 Dedza 1 (5 %)
 Lilongwe 5 (25 %)
Religion  
 Protestant 1 (5 %)
 Catholic 7 (35 %)
 Muslim 1 (5 %)
 Other 11 (55 %)
Education  
 Never attended school 6 (30 %)
 Some primary school 12 (60 %)
 Finished primary school or more 2 (10 %)
Occupation  
 Farmer 9 (45 %)
 Housewife/Caretaker 1 (5 %)
 Business owner 7 (35 %)
 House worker 1 (5 %)
 No occupation 2 (10 %)
Relationship status  
 Married 11 (55 %)
 Single 2 (10 %)
 In a relationship but not married 1 (5 %)
 Married but separated 3 (15 %)
 Divorced 2 (10 %)
 Widowed 1 (5 %)
Number of living children  
 0 9 (45 %)
 1 3 (15 %)
 2 3 (15 %)
 3 2 (10 %)
 4 2 (10 %)
 5 1 (5 %)
Age when fistula developed  
 <15 1 (5 %)
 15–19 8 (40 %)
 20–24 4 (20 %)
 25–29 4 (20 %)
 30–34 1 (5 %)
 Don’t know 2 (10 %)
Residual urinary incontinence  
 Cured, no incontinence 11 (55 %)
 Incontinence with cough, strain or exertion 1 (5 %)
 Incontinent on walking 4 (20 %)
 Incontinent on walking, sitting, and/or lying but still voiding some urine 2 (10 %)
 Incontinent on walking, sitting, and/or lying but not voiding any urine 2 (10 %)