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Table 3 Impact of SIMS intervention on collection of vital signs (adjusted for facility; for site-level estimates, see Tables S4a and S4b)

From: A complex intervention to improve implementation of World Health Organization guidelines for diagnosis of severe illness in low-income settings: a quasi-experimental study from Uganda

Vital sign
% (95% CI)
Pre-intervention period
n = 1633
Intervention period
n = 4126
Difference P value
Temperature 21 (9–34) 48 (44–52) + 27 (+11 to +43) 0.001
Heart rate 10 (3–17) 32 (29–34) + 22 (+12 to +32) < 0.001
Blood pressure 54 (49–59) 69 (67–70) + 15 (+8 to +21) < 0.001
Respiratory rate 5 (3–7) 10 (9–11) + 5 (+2 to +8) 0.002
Pulse oximetry 0.2 (0.0–0.6) 19 (19–20) + 19 (+19 to +20) < 0.001
Mental status 11 (9–13) 15 (14–16) + 4 (+2 to +7) 0.002
  1. Abbreviations: CI confidence Interval, SIMS Severe Illness Management System