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Table 2 Characteristics of TB patients with definite laboratory diagnosis in Taiwan during 2002–2005

From: Delayed Treatment of Diagnosed Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Taiwan

Years 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total
Patients (n) 4432 7146 9905 10454 31937
Sex (M/F ratio) 2.32 2.38 2.3 2.27 2.31
Age* 66.3 ± 19.1 65.1 ± 18.7 65.5 ± 19.4 64.7 ± 19.2 65.2 ± 19.2
   Male 67.9 ± 18.0 66.7 ± 18.0 66.4 ± 17.8 65.9 ± 18.1 66.5 ± 18
   Female 62.5 ± 21.6 61.8 ± 21.8 62.4 ± 22.0 60.8 ± 20.8 61.7 ± 21.3
Patients with known treatment facilities 3430 (77.4%) 5505 (77.0%) 7742 (78.2%) 8305 (79.4%) 24982 (78.2%)
   Hospital 3256 (94.5%) 5235 (95.1%) 7406 (95.7%) 7984 (96.1%) 23881 (95.6%)
   Primary-care clinic 174 (5.1%) 270 (4.9%) 336 (4.3%) 321 (3.9%) 1101 (4.4%)
Delay (days) 6.1 ± 17.3 3.3 ± 12.1 3.1 ± 11.4 3.0 ± 11.1 3.4 ± 12.3
   Male 6.2 ± 17.6 3.4 ± 12.2 3.2 ± 11.2 3.2 ± 11.0 3.5 ± 12.1
   Female 4.9 ± 13.9 3.0 ± 9.8 3.0 ± 10.4 2.8 ± 11.0 3.2 ± 11.2
  1. Data are n, means ± SD, or n (%). Number (n) of patients is given when the variable concerned is not measured in all patients.
  2. * Chi-square tests P < 0.05.