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Table 2 Number of health providers visited from first contact of care until treatment completion by TB patients in the three models

From: Comparing patient care seeking pathways in three models of hospital and TB programme collaboration in China

  The dispensary model The specialist model The integrated model
Patient survey 100 90 103
Total health providers per patient visited 2.6 4.0a 2.2
 1-2 times (%) 51 (51) 16 (18) 75 (73)
 >2 times (%) 49 (49) 74 (82) b 28 (27)
Health providers per patient visited before diagnosis 1.1 1.8 1.0
 1 times (%) 70 (70) 43 (48) 82 (80)
 >1 times (%) 30 (30) 47 (52)c 23 (22)
  1. a Kruskal-Wallis H test showed that significant difference was found among three models (χ2 = 85.962, P<0.001). Patients in the specialist model visited more health providers than patients in the dispensary model (P<0.001), and so was the dispensary model compared with the integrated model (P = 0.005).
  2. b Proportion of over 2 times in the specialist model was significantly higher than that in the dispensary model (χ2 = 22.902, P<0.001), and the proportion in the dispensary model was significantly higher than that in the integrated model (χ2 = 10.257, P = 0.001).
  3. c The proportion in the specialist model was significantly higher than that in the dispensary model (χ2 = 9.705, P = 0.002) and the integrated model (χ2 = 19.357, P<0.001).