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Table 4 Physician responses to the statement “In my experience, a member of the community who exhibits dengue symptoms will seek medical attention” (n = 71)

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding dengue infection among public sector healthcare providers in Machala, Ecuador

Categorical responses Open-ended responses
Agree or Strongly Agree (n = 54, 76 %) Patients believe that dengue has a high morbidity if untreated
Dengue symptoms are severe
Patients want to prevent complications
There is adequate education about dengue
There is easy access to medical attention
Neutral (n = 7, 10 %) Some patients will seek attention while others self-medicate
Disagree or Strongly Disagree (n = 10, 14 %) Patients do not seek medical attention until complications develop
Medical care is delayed by self-treatment