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Table 2 Clinical characteristics and health seeking behavior of TB patients in Dessie city and surrounding, Ethiopia, 2016 (n = 382)

From: Factors associated with treatment delay among newly diagnosed tuberculosis patients in Dessie city and surroundings, Northern Central Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Characteristics n (%)
Practiced self-medication No 326 (85.3)
Yes 56 (14.7)
Use of non-prescribed medications No 348 (91.1)
Yes 34 (8.9)
TB category SPPTB 96 (25.1)
SNPTB 132 (34.6)
EPTB 154 (40.3)
Exposure to TB patient Yes 39 (10.2)
No 343 (89.8)
HIV serostatus Positive 78 (20.4)
Negative 304 (79.6)
Initially visited HF Gov’t 301 (78.8)
Private 81 (21.2)
Diagnostic tests microscopy 59 (15.4)
Chest X-ray 109 (28.5)
microscopy and chest X-ray 179 (46.9)
Gene-Xpert 35 (9.2)
Initially consulted HCP Internist 108 (28.3)
GP 159 (41.6)
Nurses/HO 115 (30.1)
Health care contacts Single 149 (39)
Multiple 233 (61)
  1. HCP health care provider, GP general practitioner, HO health officer, HF health facilities