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Table 1 Results of factor analysis groupings

From: Calibrating a chief complaint list for low resource settings: a methodologic case study

Symptom clustering Frequency Discussion
Wound, pain, bleeding from injury 344 All of these are related to penetrating injury, pain does not add new data, not clear if it is beneficial to have both “wound” and “bleeding” from injury
Abdominal pain, pregnancy complication, vaginal bleeding 23 This cluster will likely occur together, perhaps can be addressed with training or changing the location of these complaints
Pain, swelling 421 Most frequently ticked, and add little data to the underlying etiology of the symptoms
Nausea, diarrhoea 66 Likely cluster as often present together, but both need to remain
Cough, chest pain 80 Likely cluster as often present together, but both need to remain
Fever, cold 20 “Cold” does not add additional value
Weakness, shortness of breath 50 Likely cluster as often present together, but both need to remain
ENT, dental 20 Would be possible to merge as likely require similar resources
Blood in urine, GU complaint 30 Most did not understand “GU” complaint, could be addressed by training or remove completely
Abnormal BP, headache 70 Likely cluster as often present together, but both need to remain