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Table 1 Health system delay by demographic and socioeconomic factors and a high-risk life style

From: Health system delay in pulmonary tuberculosis treatment in a country with an intermediate burden of tuberculosis: a cross-sectional study

Variable Number Median(days) No (%) of participants with long delaya No (%) of participants with extreme delayb
Gender Total 241    
 Male 134 15 53 (39.6) 26 (19.4)
 Female 107 28 62 (57.6) c 33 (30.8) d
Age groups Total 241    
 15-34 49 18 25 (51) 10 (20.4)
 35-64 131 15 58 (44.3) 32 (24.4)
 65+ 61 21 32 (52.5) 17 (27.9)
Place of birth Total 241    
 Croatia 184 15 87 (47.3) 42 (22.8)
 Foreign born 57 15 28 (49.1) 17 (29.8)
Level of education Total 241    
 No schooling or only elementary school 116 21 61 (52.6) 33 (28.4)
 Secondary school 102 15 44 (43.1) 20 (19.6)
 Higher education 23 15 10 (43.5) 6 (26.1)
Household contact Total 241    
 Yes 47 8 18 (38.3) 8 (17.0)
 No 194 16.5 97 (50.0) 51 (26.3)
Contact outside the household Total 241    
 Yes 84 21 43 (51.2) 22 (26.2)
 No 157 15 72 (45.9) 37 (23.6)
Smoker Total 240    
 Non-smoker 76 21 43 (56.6) 22 (28.9)
 Ex-smoker 80 15 36 (45.0) 20 (25.0)
 Current smoker 84 15 36 (42.9) 17 (20.2)
Alcohol consumption Total 241    
 Non-consumer 104 21 55 (52.9) 30 (28.8)
 Ex-consumer 28 15 12 (42.9) 6 (21.4)
 Current consumer 109 15 48 (44.0) 23 (21.1)
Ever used drugs Total 241    
 Yes 13 30 9 (69.2) 5 (38.5)
 No 228 15 106 (46.5) 54 (23.7)
  1. a exceeding the median overall delay (15 days).
  2. b exceeding the75th percentile overall delay (42 days).
  3. c significance levels of p < 0.05 for univariate logistic regression using the median (15 days) as a cut-off.
  4. d significance levels of p < 0.05 for univariate logistic regression using 75th percentile (42 days) as a cut-off.