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Table 1 Demographic Characteristics of 124 Participants Interviewed in Three Southeastern Village Development Committees of Nepal Between August and October 2019

From: Traditional and biomedical care pathways for mental well‐being in rural Nepal

  General Community (n = 79) Traditional Healers (n = 40) Physicians (n = 5) Total (n = 124)
Mean age year (SD) 42.6 (15.8) 61.8 (13.0) 36.8 (2.9) 48.6 (17.2)
Gender (% male) 20.2 26.6 100.0 50.8
Religion (%)
 Hindu 69 (87.3) 34 (85.0) 5 (100.0) 108 (87.1)
 Buddhist 7 (8.9) 6 (15.0) 0 13 (10.5)
 Christian 3 (3.8) 0 0 3 (2.4)
Caste (%)
 Low castes 10 (8.1) 8 (20.0) 0 18 (14.5)
 High castes 38 (48.1) 19 (47.5) 5 (100.) 62 (50.0)
 Newar 0 1 (2.5) 0 1 (0.8)
 Kirati 9 (11.4) 4 (10.0) 0 13 (13.1)
Indigenous Middle Hills 4 (3.2) 3 (7.5) 0 0
 Indigenous Tarai 17 (21.5) 5 (12.5) 0 0
Birthplace (%)
 Eastern Middle Hills 23 (29.1) 17 (42.5) 0 40 (32.3)
 Eastern Tarai 47 (59.5) 18 (45.0) 2 (40.0) 67 (54.0)
 Eastern Himalaya 1 (1.3) 1 (2.5) 0 2 (1.6)
 Central Middle Hills 0 1 (2.5) 0 1 (0.8)
 Kathmandu 2 (2.5) 0 3 (60.0) 5 (4.0)
 Bhutan 1 (1.3) 0 0 1 (0.8)
 Hong Kong 0 1 (2.5) 0 0
 India 4 (3.2) 0 0 0
Traditional healer category (%)
 Dhami-jhankri 0 33 (82.5) 0 33 (26.6)
 Lama 0 1 (2.5) 0 1 (0.8)
 Mata 0 6 (15.0) 0 6 (4.8)
Occupation (%)
 Farmer 21 (26.6) 19 (47.5) 0 40 (32.3)
 Blacksmith 0 1 (2.5) 0 1 (0.8)
 Driver 1 (1.3) 0 0 1 (0.8)
 Housewife 41 (51.9) 4 (3.2) 0 44 (3.2)
 Female community health volunteer 1 (1.3) 0 0 1 (0.8)
 Caretaker 1 (1.3) 0 0 1 (0.8)
 Military 1 (1.3) 0 0 1 (0.8)
 Mechanic 2 (2.5) 0 0 2 (2.0)
 None 2 (2.5) 0 0 2 (2.0)
 Physician 0 0 5 (100.0) 5 (4.0)
Education (%)
 None 51 (64.6) 34 (85.0) 0 85 (65.9)
 Some Primary School 15 (19.0) 5 (12.5) 0 20 (16.1)
 Primary School 8 (10.1) 1 (2.5) 0 9 (7.3)
 Bachelors 5 (6.3) 0 0 5 (4.0)
 Masters and Above 0 0 5 (100.0) 5 (4.0)