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Table 2 Physical health variables of the participants between left-behind children group and non left-behind children group

From: Health status of children left behind in rural areas of Sichuan Province of China: a cross-sectional study

Physical health Variables Left-Behind Children Non Left-Behind Children p-value
Health status Fever
 Yes 270 (24.2) 115 (21.0) 0.147
 No 845 (75.8) 432 (79.0)
Cough or respiratory difficulties
 Yes 394 (35.4) 201 (36.7) 0.582
 No 720 (64.6) 346 (63.3)
Diarrhea
 Yes 356 (32.0) 161 (29.4) 0.291
 No 757 (68.0) 386 (70.6)
Twitch
 Yes 22 (2.0) 7 (1.3) 0.309
 No 1092 (98.0) 540 (98.7)
Health behaviour Visit healthcare institute due to sickness
 Yes 297 (47.1) 151 (49.7) 0.469
 No 333 (52.9) 153 (50.3)
Type of healthcare institute visited
 Private clinic/private hospital 89 (30.2) 54 (34.8) 0.520
 Village clinic 59 (20.0) 35 (22.6)
 Township hospitals 108 (36.6) 47 (30.3)
 County hospitals and above 39 (13.2) 19 (12.3)
Not going to school due to sickness
 Never 781 (70.4) 389 (71.5) 0.080*
 1 time 207 (18.6) 110 (20.2)
 2 times 70 (6.3) 28 (5.1)
 3 times 38 (3.4) 7 (1.3)
 4 times or above 14 (1.3) 10 (1.8)
Take sick leave from school due to sickness
 Did not get sick 337 (30.3) 204 (37.7) 0.011**
 Sick but did not take leave 532 (47.9) 233 (43.1)
 Sick and take leave 242 (21.8) 104 (19.2)
Having the vaccination document
 Yes 533 (47.8) 281 (51.5) 0.371
 No 92 (8.3) 41 (7.5)
 Do not know 490 (43.9) 224 (41.0)
Complete the corresponding vaccination scheme for your age
 Yes 432 (38.7) 241 (44.2) 0.036**
 No 117 (10.5) 64 (11.7)
Do not know 566 (50.8) 240 (44.0)
  1. * p < 0.1; **p < 0.05; ***p < 0.01;