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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of patients included in the tracing study (N = 724)

From: Outcomes and associated risk factors of patients traced after being lost to follow-up from antiretroviral treatment in Lilongwe, Malawi

Parameter Adults Children
Number (% of total) 659 (91%) 65 (9%)
Age (median, IQR) 36 (31-43) 6 (3-10)
Number (%) of females 351 (53%) 28 (43%)
Year of ART start (median; range) 2004 (2000-2005) 2004 (2002-2005)
ART free of charge at start (after 10 June 2004) 440 (67%) 52 (80%)
CD4 at start of ART (median, IQR)* 71 (22-141) 184 (28-423)
Reason ART start   
   Low CD4 count 72 (11%) 3 (5%)
   WHO stage 3 444 (67%) 58 (89%)
   WHO stage 4 124 (19%) 3 (5%)
   Transfer in 3 (0.5%) 0 (0%)
   Not recorded 16 (2.5%) 1 (1%)
Days of follow up on ART (median, IQR) 73 (14-303) 92 (13-210)
Number (%) by time period since start of ART
   No follow-up 109 (17%) 13 (20%)
   Months 1 to 6 331 (50%) 32 (49%)
   Months 7 to 12 78 (12%) 12 (19%)
   Months 13 or later 141 (21%) 8 (12%)
Number (%) with telephone contact 307 (47%) 24 (37%)
Residence in Lilongwe 567 (86%) 58 (89%)
  1. * missing in 30 adults and 3 children; home, cell and/or work phone