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Table 5 Determinants of treatment rates by community medicine distributors

From: Profiling the best-performing community medicine distributors for mass drug administration: a comprehensive, data-driven analysis of treatment for schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and soil-transmitted helminths in Uganda

Variablea Coef. Clustered robust SE p value 95% confidence interval
In-group biasb 0.139 0.059 0.025 0.019 0.259
Selected by local councilc − 0.085 0.053 0.121 − 0.194 0.024
Friends help with MDAd 0.084 0.040 0.041 0.004 0.165
Female − 0.120 0.057 0.043 − 0.235 − 0.004
Fisherman/fishmongere 0.149 0.040 0.001 0.067 0.232
Household uses protected drinking water source 0.134 0.040 0.002 0.053 0.216
Network betweennessf 0.030 0.008 0.001 0.013 0.047
Constant 0.095 0.050 0.067 − 0.007 0.197
  1. Obs. 59, R2 = 0.331, F-stat. 13.69, F-stat. p value < 0.0001. Root mean squared error (RMSE) from 8-fold cross-validation = 0.183. Variables selected through Lasso with 8-fold cross-validation. Mean squared error (MSE) of Lasso cross-validation = 0.076
  2. aThe results shown are from an ordinary least squares regression with standard errors clustered by the village
  3. bIn-group bias is positive if the CMD was altruistic towards their friends and not altruistic towards strangers
  4. cThe base category includes CMD selection by community meeting or direct nomination from a village health team member
  5. dMDA = mass drug administration
  6. eThe base category for these occupations includes all other CMD occupations
  7. fNetwork betweenness was not significant (p value > 0.05) when one outlier was removed (Additional file 1: Table S4) 58/59 CMDs had network betweenness ≤ 3 whilst 1/59 CMDs had network betweenness = 11.58