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Table 1 Women’s socio-demographic characteristics and their perceptions regarding the closest health facility to their residence: Malawi, 2012

From: Is quality of care a key predictor of perinatal health care utilization and patient satisfaction in Malawi?

Characteristics N = 1301
Women’s socio-demographic
Age (median (range); years) 25 (15–48)
Parity (%)
 1 26.4
 2 21.1
 3–4 33.4
  ≥ 5 19.1
Religion (%)
 Catholic 23.5
 Presbyterian 13.1
 Other Christian 58.8
 Other 4.6
Ngoni ethnicity (%)
 Yes 88.7
 No 11.3
Marital status (%)
 Married/living together 88.7
 Unmarried/divorced/widowed 11.3
Education (median (range); years) 4 (0–8)
Reading level (%)
 Cannot read simple sentence 29.5
 Reads part of sentence 12.1
 Reads the entire sentence 58.4
Household wealth (quintiles; %)
 1st (poorest) 13.1
 2nd 26.1
 3rd 19.9
 4th 18.5
 5th (richest) 22.4
  1. Notes: All data are weighted
  2. FP/RH family planning/reproductive health