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Table 1 Description of TB patients

From: Tuberculosis treatment discontinuation and symptom persistence: an observational study of Bihar, India’s public care system covering >100,000,000 inhabitants

   Overall First time Repeat Repeat
TB patients TB patients: completed prior treatment TB patients: incomplete prior treatment
N   1007 811 157 39
Percent of all patients    80% 16% 4%
Patient characteristics      
Male % 67.4% 68.3% 66.3% 54.9%
Mean age Yrs 37.4 37.4 37.2 36.6
Literate % 36.9% 39.1% 27.3% 31.8%
Education: mean amount of schooling (If Literate) Yrs 7.15 7.20 6.66 7.79
Scheduled Caste, scheduled Tribe, other backward class % 91.5% 91.3% 92.3% 90.3%
Hindu % 88.9% 89.3% 88.2% 84.2%
Household characteristics      
Household size # 6.59 6.43 7.36 6.37
Number of children under 5 # 1.64 1.59 1.87 1.70
Treatment and illness      
Total weeks from symptom onset to treatment initiation Wks 6.05 6.01 6.33 5.63
Number of providers visited # 1.07 1.04 1.18 1.25
Any treatment or medication fees % 63.9% 59.2% 85.3% 68.2%
Any travel costs % 79.4% 79.5% 78.4% 82.0%
Mean total cost of treatment among those paying any costs/fees Rupees 318 296 385 456
2 or fewer symptoms at treatment initiation % 46.7% 50.5% 23.1% 69.9%
3-4 symptoms at treatment initiation % 18.7% 18.3% 21.6% 14.1%
≥5 symptoms at treatment initiation % 34.6% 31.1% 55.4% 16.0%