Table 2

Knowledge and beliefs about malaria and RDTs

(A) Knowledge/Awareness of malaria testing
% (n)Obs
Know about malaria diagnostic testing
(RDT and/or microscopy)
98.0% (818)835
Heard of RDTs47.1% (387)805
Experience with RDTs34.9% (283)811
(B) Beliefs about malaria and testing
Not possible/Unlikely50–50Likely/Absolutely sureDon’t knowObs
% (n)% (n)% (n)% (n)
Adult fever is malaria5.5% (46)26.1% (218)54.6% (456)13.8% (115)835
Own/child illness is malaria3.1% (26)23.8% (199)59.7% (499)13.4% (112)836
Hypothetical negative RDT result correct7.0% (27)7.5% (29)84.0% (325)1.6% (6)387
Hypothetical positive RDT result correct2.8% (11)5.7% (22)90.7% (351)0.8% (3)387
Belief own RDT result correct4.7% (38)7.6% (62)85.1% (693)2.6% (21)814
  • Beliefs were asked using a 5-point Likert Scale ranging from ‘Not Possible’ to ‘Absolutely sure’. We combined the responses at the two ends of the range so that we have three possible answers: ‘Not Possible/Unlikely’, ‘50–50’ and ‘Likely/Absolutely sure’. Beliefs about a hypothetical negative/positive RDT result being correct were only asked of people who had heard of RDTs.

  • RDT, rapid diagnostic test.