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Table 4 Characteristics of TB patients with long treatment delay in Taiwan during 2002–2005

From: Delayed Treatment of Diagnosed Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Taiwan

Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total
Patients (n, %) 743 (16.8%) 598 (8.4%) 757 (7.6%) 715 (6.8%) 2813 (8.8%)
Sex (M/F ratio) 2.52 2.58 2.41 2.58 2.52
Age* 68.1 ± 18.4 67.5 ± 18.1 66.3 ± 18.6 64.1 ± 19.1 66.2 ± 18.4
   Male 69.3 ± 17.2 68.3 ± 17.3 67.7 ± 16.9 65.2 ± 18.9 67.6 ± 17.3
   Female 63.7 ± 20.1 65.3 ± 21.2 62.5 ± 21.3 61.6 ± 20.0 63.2 ± 20.5
Delay (days)** 29.2 ± 31.5 27.3 ± 30.4 27.1 ± 30.6 29.7 ± 32.1 28.0 ± 31.1
   Male 30.9 ± 32.5 28.1 ± 31.1 27.6 ± 30.7 28.4 ± 31.3 28.8 ± 31.3
   Female 24.6 ± 27.2 25.1 ± 25.4 25.9 ± 29.4 29.7 ± 33.8 26.4 ± 29.2
Patients with known treatment facilities 568 (76.4%) 429 (71.7%) 589 (77.8%) 518 (72.4%) 2104 (74.8%)
   Hospital 542 (95.4%) 411 (95.8%) 565 (95.9%) 505 (97.5%) 2023 (96.2%)
   Primary-care clinic 26 (4.6%) 18 (4.2%) 24 (4.1%) 13 (2.5%) 81 (3.8%)
  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 test, P < 0.05.
  3. ** t-test, P < 0.05.