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Table 1 Clinical characteristics of children admitted for inpatient treatment of SAM

From: A mixed methods feasibility study of the Kusamala Program at a nutritional rehabilitation unit in Malawi

Variables All (n = 29) Intervention (n = 15) Comparison (n = 14)
Age (months) 18.4 ± 8.1 18.5 ± 8.5 18.3 ± 7.8
Sex female (%) 15/29 (51.7) 7/15 (46.7) 8/14 (57.1)
Neurodisability (%) 1/29 (3.4) 1/15 (6.7) 0/14 (0)
HIV status (%)
 Reactive 8/29 (27.6) 4/15 (26.7) 4/14 (28.6)
 Non-reactive 19/29 (65.5) 11/15 (73.3) 8/14 (57.1)
 Unknown 2/29 (6.9) 0/15 (0) 2/14 (14.3)
Previous inpatient admission (%) 9/29 (31.0) 6/15 (40.0) 3/14 (21.4)
Inpatient death (%) 1/29 (3.4) 0/15 (0) 1/14 (7.1)
Duration of hospital stay (days)a 7.9 ± 6.9 9.4 ± 8.5 6.1 ± 3.8
  1. Values are presented as proportions (%) for categorical data or means ± SDs for continuous data
  2. HIV human immunodeficiency virus, SAM severe acute malnutrition, SD standard deviation
  3. aExcluding children who died in-hospital