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Table 1 Characteristics of pulmonary tuberculosis patients, Taiwan, 2002 – 2006.

From: Diagnosis and treatment delay among pulmonary tuberculosis patients identified using the Taiwan reporting enquiry system, 2002–2006

   Diagnosis Time (days) Treatment Time (days)
  N (%) Mean ± SD p value Mean ± SD p value
Total 78,118 12 ± 28   5 ± 29  
Sex    0.05   0.001
   Male 54,187 (69.4) 12 ± 28   5 ± 30  
   Female 23,931 (30.6) 11 ± 27   4 ± 26  
Age at diagnosis, mean age (range) 63.3 (1 – 108)    < 0.001   < 0.001
   < 35 10,386 (13.3) 7 ± 22   4 ± 24  
   35 – 65 25,084 (32.1) 9 ± 26   5 ± 34  
   > 65 42,648 (54.6) 14 ± 29   5 ± 26  
Reporting year    < 0.001   < 0.001
   2002 15,954 (20.4) 8 ± 27   7 ± 40  
   2003 14,875 (19.1) 8 ± 25   5 ± 32  
   2004 16,463 (21.1) 12 ± 28   4 ± 25  
   2005 15,916 (20.4) 14 ± 28   4 ± 24  
   2006 14,851 (19.0) 16 ± 30   4 ± 23  
Ethnicity    < 0.001   < 0.001
   Taiwanese 72,957 (93.4) 12 ± 28   5 ± 29  
   Aboriginal 2,530 (3.2) 9 ± 23   9 ± 38  
   Abroad 2,631 (3.4) 6 ± 23   4 ± 21  
Living condition    < 0.001   < 0.001
   Alone 13,202 (16.9) 10 ± 26   6 ± 36  
   With family 50,096 (64.1) 11 ± 27   5 ± 28  
   Unknown 14,820 (19.0) 16 ± 30   4 ± 25  
Sputum smear status    < 0.001   < 0.001
   Negative 43,170 (55.3) 16 ± 31   5 ± 27  
   Positive 27,209 (34.8) 5 ± 18   4 ± 29  
   Unknown 7,739 (9.9) 10 ± 30   6 ± 35  
Sputum culture status    < 0.001   < 0.001
   Negative 20,535 (26.3) 8 ± 26   4 ± 26  
   Positive 34,721 (40.8) 20 ± 32   5 ± 27  
   Unknown 27,582 (32.4) 3 ± 17   6 ± 34  
Chest radiograph    < 0.001   < 0.001
   Normal 1,905 (2.4) 21 ± 30   6 ± 32  
   Aberrant, no cavity 51,320 (65.7) 13 ± 29   5 ± 28  
   Aberrant, cavity 16,770 (21.5) 6 ± 21   4 ± 28  
   Unknown 8,123 (10.4) 14 ± 28   7 ± 36  
Diagnosed at a medical center    < 0.001   0.601
   Yes 28,151 (36.0) 13 ± 30   5 ± 30  
   No 49,967 (64.0) 11 ± 26   5 ± 28  
  1. SD = standard deviation