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Table 4 Sociodemographic characteristics of withdrawn participants (transferred and lost to follow-up) at 6 months in intervention group versus control group

From: SMS reminders to improve adherence and cure of tuberculosis patients in Cameroon (TB-SMS Cameroon): a randomised controlled trial

Variables Intervention group
(DOT + SMS) n = 47
Control group
(DOT) n = 46
p
Gender: n (%)
 Male 33 (70.2) 26 (56.5) 0.17
Age (years): n (%)
 18–25 10 (21.3) 8 (17.4) 0.13
 26–40 28 (59.6) 26 (56.5)
 41–55 9 (19.1) 7 (15.2)
 56–80 0 (0.0) 5 (10.9)
Level of Education: n (%)
 None 3 (6.4) 1 (2.2) 0.65
 Nusery/primary 16 (34) 16 (34.8)
 Secondary 23 (48.9) 21 (45.7)
 Tertiary 5 (10.6) 8 (17.4)
Marital Status: n (%)
 Single 32 (68.1) 28 (60.9) 0.62
 Married 12 (25.5) 14 (30.4)
 Cohabitation 2 (4.3) 1 (2.2)
 Widower 1 (2.1) 3 (6.5)
Social Category: n (%)
 Student 5 (10.6) 6 (13.0) 0.54
 Working in public sector 1 (2.1) 3 (6.5)
 Working in formal private sector 9 (19.1) 6 (13.0)
 Working in informal private sector 15 (31.9) 10 (21.7)
 No work 17 (36.2) 21 (45.7)
Monthly income (XAF): n (%)
  < 50,000 18 (38.3) 10 (21.7) 0.21
 50,000–149,000 5 (10.6) 8 (17.4)
  > 149,000 1 (2.1) 0 (0.0)
 Not reported (missing) 23 (48.9) 28 (60.9)
HIV Status: n (%)
 Negative 32 (68.1) 31 (67.4) 0.03
 Positive 11 (23.4) 4 (8.7)
 Unknown 4 (8.5) 11 (23.9)
 Patient on ART (yes): n (%) 2 (4.3) 3 (6.5) 0.62
  1. DOT directly observed treatment, SMS short message service, 1 US Dollar 599 XAF (F CFA, currency used in Cameroon), HIV human immunodeficiency virus