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Table 1 Percentage of enrolled students who correctly answered the tuberculosis-related questions, stratified by degree course

From: Knowledge about tuberculosis among undergraduate health care students in 15 Italian universities: a cross-sectional study

Chosen answers All students (n = 2,200) Medical students (n = 609) Nursing students (n = 1,611) p
TB1 is caused by M. tuberculosis 94.7 99 93 <0.0001
MDR2 -isolates are a current problem for TB control 78.5 91.8 73.4 <0.0001
TB does not affect only the lungs 75.8 96 68.1 <0.0001
TB treatment is problematic and several drug must be prescribed for a long period 75.1 92.7 68.4 <0.0001
The lethality rate of untreated active TB is >50% 66.5 62.2 68.3 0.007
Several TB cases are asymptomatic 59.4 82 51.1 <0.0001
TB vaccine is currently available 87.4 90.4 86.3 0.009
TB vaccine is currently available, but it is not 100% effective 66.3 81.6 60.4 <0.0001
TB vaccine is composed by Bacillus Calmette Guerin 44.2 73.4 33.1 <0.0001
TST3 is aimed at detecting asymptomatic M. tuberculosis infection 88.0 90.6 87 0.02
TST is not a drug 69.7 88.3 62.6 <0.0001
TST is not a vaccine 68.6 87.3 61.5 <0.0001
TST is not a laboratory test 50.9 74.5 41.9 <0.0001
  1. 1TB = tuberculosis; 2MDR = multi-drug resistant; 3TST = tuberculin skin test.