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Table 2 Comparison of baseline characteristics of participants who dropped out with participants who continued participation in the study (N = 5639)

From: Why do participants drop-out: findings from a prospective pediatric cohort for fever surveillance established at Vellore, southern India

 Participants who dropped out
(n = 404)
Participants who continued in the study (n = 5235)p-value
n%n%
ReligionHindu16641.1251848.10.016
Muslim21252.5248547.50.211
Christian266.42324.4ref
Socio-economic status*Low24961.6352067.2< 0.0001
Middle13032.2155629.70.006
High256.21593ref
Mother’s educationBelow class 519949.3274052.30.094
Class 6 to 1015438.1196137.50.246
Class 11 & above5112.653410.2ref
Type of familyNuclear19648.5320861.3ref
Joint/extended family20851.5202738.7< 0.0001
Age at drop-out1 to 5 years10626.2157930.2ref
5 to 10 years16841.6215241.10.239
10 to 15 years13032.2150428.70.062
Area-wise drop-out rate#CAP855.7141494.3ref
KASPA1216.7168593.30.223
RNP1238.4133791.60.003
VSPM758.679991.40.006
  1. Chi-square test was used as test of significance between the two proportions
  2. # Row percentage
  3. * Socio-economic status was classified as low, middle and high using the modified Kuppusamy scale that included education, occupation and selected assets [19]