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Table 3 Comparison of responders/ non responders to the diagnostic ward in terms of baseline characteristics and other variables

From: Incidence of tuberculosis among school-going adolescents in South India

Variable Attended DGW for TB screeninga (Responders) (N = 589) (%) Didn’t attend the DGW (Non – Responders) (N = 725) (%) P value
Gender    
 Male 302 (51.3) 424 (58.5) 0.01
 Female 287 (48.7) 301 (41.5)  
Age    
 12 years 175 (29.7) 170 (23.4) 0.08
 13–14 years 296 (50.3) 391 (53.9)  
 15–16 years 95 (16.1) 129 (17.8)  
 17–18 years 23 (3.9) 35 (4.8)  
Surveillance    
 Active 325 (55.2) 369 (50.9) 0.12
 Passive 264 (44.8) 356 (49.1)  
Caste    
 Dalit/ Harijan (socially disadvantaged community) 104 (17.7) 139 (19.2) 0.48
 Others 485 (82.3) 586 (80.82)  
Mother’s education    
 Illiterate 259 (44.0) 347 (47.9) 0.18
 Primary education or more 328 (55.7) 378 (52.1)  
Father’s education    
 Illiterate 151 (25.6) 214 (29.5) 0.12
 Primary education or more 434 (73.7) 506 (69.8)  
Type of house walls    
 Brick 482 (81.83) 575 (79.3) 0.25
 Others 107 (18.2) 150 (20.7)  
Type of cooking fuel    
 Wood 492 (83.5) 629 (86.8) 0.1
 Others 97 (16.5) 96 (13.2)  
TST Positivity during 2 years of follow - up    
 Yes 545 (92.5) 646 (89.1) 0.03
 No 44 (7.5) 79 (10.9)  
Symptoms suggestive of TB during the 2 years follow – up    
 Yes 51 (8.7) 54 (7.4) 0.42
 No 538 (91.3) 671 (92.6)  
Significant TB exposure during the 2 years follow – up    
 Yes 42 (7.1) 35 (4.8) 0.8
 No 547 (92.9) 690 (95.2)  
Re - consent Status    
 Yes (Given) 546 (92.7) 510 (70.3) <0.01
 No (Not given) 43 (7.3) 211 (29.1)  
  1. Missing data: Mother’s education – 2 (0.2 %), Father’s education – 9 (0.7 %), Re – consent status – 4 (0.4 %)
  2. a Does not include 29 participants who have attended the DGW without referral during the follow–up
  3. DGW diagnostic ward, TST tuberculin skin test, Symptoms suggestive of Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) include Cough ≥ 2 weeks, Fever ≥ 2 weeks, Recent Weight loss for ≥ 2 weeks, Night sweats ≥ 2 weeks, Haemoptysis; Significant TB exposure - History of positive TB contact (for more than 8 h/week)