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Table 4 Perception of the sampled population towards lymphatic filariasis (LF) and mass drug administration, Agusan del Sur, Philippines, 2005

From: Factors associated with the acceptance of mass drug administration for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis in Agusan del Sur, Philippines

Attitude statements Agree (%) Disagree (%)
Perceived susceptibility   
"LF is a part of life here in our town/barangay" 49.3 48.6
"Protecting myself and my family from LF is my responsibility" 97.4 0.5
Perceived severity   
"I am not worried about LF because it is not fatal" 22.3 75.4
"LF is a serious disease" 91.7 6.0
"It is hard for people with LF to work/earn a living" 92.9 4.7
"People with LF cannot find partners (husbands/wives)" 72.4 25.0
"People with LF are ashamed of their condition" 88.3 9.1
"I pity people with LF" 96.3 0.3
Perceived benefits minus perceived barriers   
"It would be easier for me to just go to the nearest health facility for diagnosis and treatment when I feel ill" 96.7 1.2
"The protection provided by antifilarial drugs are not worth the side effects" 16.8 80.8
"The protection provided by antifilarial drugs are not worth the inconvenience of taking them" 3.9 93.9
Perceived threat   
"I might be infected with LF now" 31.5 66.4
"I might be infected with LF in the future" 50.5 46.6
"Members of my family might be infected with LF now" 31.8 66.1
"Members of my family might be infected with LF in the future" 49.0 48.8
Perception of government services   
" The Barangay Health Station staff provides good services" 97.1 0.7
"The Barangay Health Station staff are always available for consultation" 96.9 1.0
"The rural health unit provides good service" 96.4 1.2
"The rural health unit staff are always available for consultation" 97.2 0.7
Cues to action   
"I should not have to take antifilarial drugs if I have no symptoms of LF" 28.5 69.2
Theory of reasoned action   
"I believe I am physically capable of ingesting all the antifilarial drugs" 94.6 3.2
"Ingesting all the antifilarial drugs will prevent me from getting LF" 97.2 0.7