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Table 4 Socio-economic and transportation information of TB suspect surveyed

From: Evaluating the impact of decentralising tuberculosis microscopy services to rural township hospitals in gansu province, china

  TB suspects who visited MCs TB suspects who did not visit MCs TB suspects of Ganzhou residents TB suspects from the other three counties Total
Number (%) 121 (72) 48 (28) 42 (25) 127 (75) 169
Age (mean) 57a 50 62a 52 56
Male (%) 82 (68) 32 (67) 29 (69) 85 (67) 114 (68)
Education of primary school and below (%) 88 (73) 18 (38)b 36 (86) 70 (55)b 106 (63)
Married (%) 98 (81) 41 (85) 38 (91) 101 (80) 139 (82)
Farmer (%) 92 (76) 36 (75) 40 (95) 88 (69) 128 (76)
Geography: Plain 87 (72) 39 (71) 42 (100) 78 (61) 153 (91)
Mountain 34 (28) 16 (29) 0 49 (39) 16 (10)
Number of family members (mean) 4.1 4.4 3.8 4.4 4.2
If having rural health insurance (%) 103 (85) 44 (92) 42(100) 105 (83) 147 (87)
If knowing the availability of microscopy service in MCs (%) 74 (61)c 16 (33) 23(55) 67 (53) 90 (53)
Distance from home to the CTD (km) 29 31 13 35 30d
Distance from home to the MC (km) 4.9 8.1 4.9 6.0 5.7
Travel time to the CTD (min) 140 143 103 153 141d
Travel time to the MC (min) 48 57 55 49 51
Travel costs to the CTD(RMB) 13 15 6 16 13.5d
Travel costs to the MC (RMB) 1.7 2.6 1.5 2.1 1.9
  1. a TB suspects visiting MC were older than those not visiting MC (Z = -2.794, P = 0.005); TB suspects of Ganzhou were older than those of other counties (Z = -3.341, P = 0.01)
  2. b TB suspects visiting MCs were significantly higher than those of not visiting MCs (χ2 = 18.240, P < 0.001); TB suspects of Ganzhou were significantly higher than others (χ2 = 12.637, P < 0.001)
  3. c TB suspects visiting MC were significantly higher than those not visiting MCs (χ2 = 10.687, P = 0.001).
  4. d TB suspects' travel distance was significantly shorter to the MC than the CTD, (Z = -14.263, P < 0.001), while accompanied with significantly shorter travel time (Z = -12.356, P < 0.001) and less travel cost (Z = -14.153, P < 0.001).