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Table 3 Treatment seeking behaviour of the respondents

From: Prevalence of cutaneous leishmaniasis infection and clinico-epidemiological patterns among military personnel in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts of the Northern Province, early war-torn areas in Sri Lanka

Factor Response category Percentage of respondents (n = 74) Percentage of respondents (n = 74) P-value
Positive for leishmaniasis (n = 50) Negative for leishmaniasis (n = 24)
History of past health-seeking behaviour None 36.5 (n = 27) 38.0 (n = 19) 33.3 (n = 8) 0.584
Dermatologist 6.8 (n = 5) 6.1 (n = 3) 8.3 (n = 2)
General practitioner 27.0 (n = 20) 24.0 (n = 12) 33.3 (n = 8)
Traditional healer 16.2 (n = 12) 20.0 (n = 10) 8.3 (n = 2)
Military doctor 9.5 (n = 7) 10.1 (n = 5) 8.3 (n = 2)
Other 4.1 (n = 3) 2.1 (n = 1) 8.3 (n = 2)
Type of previous treatment None 59.5 (n = 44) 62.0 (n = 31) 54.3 (n = 13) 0.090
Cream 27 (n = 20) 24.0 (n = 12) 33.3 (n = 8)
Oil 2.7 (n = 2) 0 (n = 0) 8.3 (n = 2)
Other 10.9 (n = 8) 14.1 (n = 7) 4.3 (n = 1)
  1. Notes: Individuals with skin lesions suspected to be CL who were confirmed to have leishmaniasis based on one or more diagnostic tests were considered as “positive for leishmaniasis” (n = 50), while the rest were considered as “negative for leishmaniasis” (n = 24)