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Table 2 Sharp disposal practices according to different characteristics of patients (n = 158)

From: Practices related to sharps disposal among diabetic patients in Sri Lanka

(N = 158) Practice of disposal of sharps Seeking assistance with injections Seeking help in disposal of sharps
Safe disposal value (%) Unsafe disposal value (%) p value No value (%) Yes value (%) p value No value (%) Yes value (%) p value
Age
< 60 5 (3.2) 73 (46.2) 0.08 54 (34.2) 24 (15.2) 0.000* 64 (40.5) 14 (8.9) 0.01*
60 ≥ 12 (7.5) 68 (43.0)   31 (19.6) 49 (31.0)   51 (32.2) 29 (18.3)  
Gender
Male 6 (3.8) 31 (19.6) 0.22a 18 (11.4) 19 (12.0) 0.473 21 (13.3) 16 (10.1) 0.012*
Female 11 (6.9) 110 (69.6)   67 (42.4) 54 (34.2)   94 (59.4) 27 (17.0)  
Level of education
Primary and lower secondary (< GCE O/L) 5 (3.2) 83 (52.5) 0.0403a* 38 (24.0) 50 (31.6) 0.004* 60 (37.9) 28 (17.7) 0.20
Upper secondary and tertiary (≥ GCE O/L) 12 (7.6) 58 (36.7)   47 (29.7) 23 (14.5)   55 (34.8) 15 (9.5)  
Duration of use, (years)
< 1 8 (5.1) 19 (12.0) 0.004a* 12 (7.5) 15 (9.5) 0.517 18 (11.4) 9 (5.6) 0.014 a
1–5 7 (4.4) 99 (62.6)   60 (37.9) 46 (29.1)   84 (53.2) 22 (13.9)  
> 5 2 (1.3) 23 (14.6)   13 (8.2) 12 (7.5)   13 (8.2) 12 (7.5)  
Prior education on safe disposal
Yes 6 (3.8) 5 (3.2) 0.0002a* 9 (5.6) 2 (1.2) 0.064a 11 (6.9) 0 0.036a*
No 11 (6.9) 136 (86.1)   76 (48.1) 71 (44.9)   104 (65.8) 43 (27.2)  
  1. GCE O/L general certificate examination ordinary level
  2. * Statistically significant
  3. aFishers exact test