Skip to main content

Table 7 Characteristics of the participants

From: Effects of the Informed Health Choices primary school intervention on the ability of children in Uganda to assess the reliability of claims about treatment effects, 1-year follow-up: a cluster-randomised trial

  One-year follow-upEnd of intervention term
Control schoolsIntervention schoolsControl schoolsIntervention schools
Schools (selected from the central region of Uganda)N = 60N = 60N = 60N = 60
LocationRural8 (13%)6 (10%)8 (13%)6 (10%)
Semi-urban15 (25%)14 (23%)15 (25%)14 (23%)
Urban37 (62%)40 (67%)37 (62%)40 (67%)
OwnershipPublic33 (55%)30 (50%)33 (55%)30 (50%)
Private27 (45%)30 (50%)27 (45%)30 (50%)
TeachersaN = 74N = 85N = 74N = 85
Completed tests 59 (80%)78 (92%)67 (91%)85 (100%)
EducationCertificate27 (46%)34 (44%)30 (45%)39 (46%)
Diploma31 (53%)35 (45%)33 (49%)35 (41%)
University degree1 (2%)9 (12%)3 (4%)10 (12%)
Main subject taughtScience32 (54%)48 (56%)49 (73%)68 (80%)
SexWomen24 (41%)32 (45%)29 (43%)34 (40%)
Children (enrolled in year-5 at the start of the term)N = 6256N = 6383N = 6256N = 6383
Completed testsb 2844 (45%)3943 (62%)4430 (71%)5753 (90%)
Completed tests per schoolcMedian (25th to 75th percentile)
(Range)
40 (24 to 57)
(4 to 300)
49 (30 to 77)
(10 to 270)
60 (40 to 95)
(12 to 150)
61 (43 to 89)
(18 to 176)
SexGirls1558 (55%)2164 (55%)2457 (55%)3154 (55%)
AgeMedian (25th to 75th percentile)
(Range)
12 (10 to 14)
(9 to 18)
12 (10 to 14)
(8 to 19)
11 (10 to 12)
(8 to 20)
11 (10 to 12)
(8 to 18)
  1. aThe number of teachers who completed the test at the end of the first term. Head teachers were initially asked to identify teacher who taught science to children in the fifth year of primary school. However, some schools had more than one year 5 class. Six intervention schools with more than one year 5 class (with a different teacher for each class) requested that nine additional teachers be included altogether
  2. bQuestions about the characteristics of the teachers and children were included in the test completed at the end of the school term and 1 year later
  3. cThe average number of year 5 children per school at the start of the term was 84 in both groups