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Table 1 Healthcare decision making capacity, socio-demographic variables and unmet need for contraception (n = 6,593)

From: Women’s healthcare decision-making and unmet need for contraception in Mali

Variable (p-value) Weighted frequency (n) Weighted percentage (%) Unmet need
Yes (%) No (%)
Healthcare decision making capacity (χ2 = 17.1; p < 0.001)
 Not alone 6121 92.8 26.6 73.4
 Alone 472 7.2 35.7 64.3
Age (χ2 = 184.9; p < 0.001)
 15–19 764 11.6 19.2 80.8
 20–24 1347 20.4 22.8 77.2
 25–29 1589 24.1 23.1 76.9
 30–34 1271 19.3 28.4 71.6
 35–39 978 14.8 33.8 66.2
 40–44 477 7.3 43.7 56.3
 45–49 167 2.5 50.9 49.1
Wealth Quintile (χ2 = 44.8; p < 0.001)
 Poorest 1260 19.1 33.7 66.3
 Poorer 1345 20.4 27.6 72.4
 Middle 1397 21.2 26.3 73.7
 Richer 1344 20.4 26.9 73.1
 Richest 1247 18.9 22.0 78.0
Marital status (χ2 = 0.6; p = 0.447)
 Married 6528 99.0 27.2 72.8
 Cohabiting 65 1.0 31.3 68.7
Religion (χ2 = 12.3; p < 0.01)
 Islam 6178 93.7 26.9 73.1
 Christianity 179 2.7 26.2 73.8
 Traditional religion 40 0.6 32.3 67.7
No religion 196 3.0 39.7 60.3
Education (χ2 = 52.9; p < 0.001)
 No education 4702 71.3 29.3 70.7
 Primary 799 12.1 26.8 73.2
 Secondary 987 15.0 18.9 81.1
 Higher 105 1.6 14.4 85.6
Partner’s education (χ2 = 42.9; p < 0.001)
 No education 4788 72.6 29.3 70.7
 Primary 637 9.7 24.1 75.9
 Secondary 863 13.1 21.5 78.5
 Higher 305 4.6 17.3 82.7
Residence (χ2 = 0.1; p = 0.815)
 Rural 5189 78.7 27.2 72.8
 Urban 1404 21.3 27.4 72.6
Frequency of reading newspaper/magazine (χ2 = 21.8; p < 0.001)
 Not at all 6219 94.3 27.8 72.2
 Less than once a week 221 3.4 21.4 78.6
 At least once a week 153 2.3 13.0 87.0
Frequency of watching television (χ2 = 13.0; p < 0.01)
 Not at all 2536 38.4 29.1 70.9
 Less than once a week 1414 21.5 28.1 71.9
 At least once a week 2643 40.1 24.8 75.2
Frequency of listening to radio (χ2 = 4.0; p = 0.135)
 Not at all 2051 31.1 28.8 71.2
 Less than once a week 1505 22.8 27.1 72.9
 At least once a week 3037 46.1 26.3 73.7
Occupation (χ2 = 85.2; p < 0.001)
 Not working 2624 39.8 25.2 74.8
 Managerial 135 2.1 10.6 89.4
 Clerical 15 0.2 18.8 81.2
 Sales 1583 24.0 27.3 72.7
 Agriculture 1850 28.1 35.3 64.7
 Services 343 5.2 19.5 80.5
 Manual 43 0.6 20.9 79.1
  1. Source: 2018 Mali Demographic and Health Survey