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Table 4 Factors associated with delayed reporting of tuberculosis in Taiwan, 2005-2007

From: Completeness and timeliness of tuberculosis notification in Taiwan

  Total
n = 55,291
Timely
n = 45,250
Delayed
n = 10,041
Multivariate analysis
  n (column%) n (row%) n (row%) adjOR (95% CI)
Age group* (y/r)
   0-24 3,459 (6.3) 3,131 (90.5) 328 (9.5) 1.0  
   25-44 9,441 (17.1) 8,381 (88.8) 1,060 (11.2) 0.9 (0.8-1.0)
   45-64 14,554 (26.3) 12,412 (85.3) 2,142 (14.7) 1.2 (1.1-1.3)
   ≥65 27,837 (50.3) 21,326 (76.6) 6,511 (23.4) 2.0 (1.9-2.1)
Sex*
   female 18,111 (32.8) 14,957 (82.6) 3,154 (17.4)   
   male 37,180 (67.2) 30,293 (81.5) 6,887 (18.5)   
Type of case*
   new cases 51,493 (93.1) 42,553 (82.6) 8,940 (17.4) 1.0  
   previously notified cases 3,798 (6.9) 2,697 (71.0) 1,101 (29.0) 1.9 (1.8-2.1)
Nationality*
   foreigner 1,066 (1.9) 978 (91.7) 88 (8.3) 1.0  
   citizen 54,225 (98.1) 44,272 (81.6) 9,953 (18.4) 1.8 (1.4-2.2)
Type of health care facilities*
   medical center 19,269 (34.9) 15,150 (78.6) 4,119 (21.4) 3.8 (3.3-4.4)
   regional hospital 21,854 (39.5) 17,909 (81.9) 3,945 (18.1) 2.9 (2.5-3.4)
   district hospital 10,689 (19.3) 8,934 (83.6) 1,755 (16.4) 2.5 (2.2-2.9)
   clinic 3,479 (6.3) 3,257 (93.6) 222 (6.4) 1.0  
Number of visits to health care facilities in 6 months*
   1 6,763 (12.2) 4,303 (63.6) 2,460 (36.4) 2.9 (2.7-3.0)
   2 3,417 (6.2) 2,613 (76.5) 804 (23.5) 1.6 (1.5-1.7)
   ≥3 45,111 (81.6) 38,334 (85.0) 6,777 (15.0) 1.0  
  1. * Statistically significant in univariate analysis (P < 0.05).