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Table 3 Socio-cultural, perception and experiences of parents on the utilization of traditional medicine for their children in the Tole District (n = 212)

From: Determinants of traditional medicine utilization for children: a parental level study in Tole District, Oromia, Ethiopia

VariablesFrequencyValid Percent
Reasons for using TM
 Being easily accessible11855.7
 Cost/cheap11453.8
 Being referred by someone9544.8
 Family influence9042.5
 Cultural belief11453.8
 Religious belief12157.1
Experience and frequency of communicating with traditional healers
 Never3617.0
 Sometimes7133.5
 As needed8942.0
 Often52.4
 Very Often115.2
Duration of illness (n = 212)
 Acute illness (1–30 days)18285.9
 Chronic illness (> 30 days)3014.2
Status of the child after treatment (n = 212)
 Very Poor20.9
 Poor52.4
 Fair5224.5
 Good8841.5
 Very Good6530.7
Family practice of TM for themselvesFrequencyPercent
 Yes16160.3
 No10639.7
Reason for applying TM compared to modern medicine (n = 161)
 When selected correctly, it is effective2817.4
 Satisfaction with Traditional Medicine4729.2
 Dissatisfaction with modern medicine1911.8
 The fear of using drugs and the side effects85.0
 Difficulty in accessing health care facilities/ costliness159.3
 Less efficacy of modern medicine95.6
 Knowledge of traditional medicine3521.7
Level of satisfaction after TM utilization (n = 161)
 Completely dissatisfied74.3
 Somewhat dissatisfied148.7
 Neutral3421.1
 Somewhat satisfied5836.0
 Completely satisfied4829.8