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Table 2 Health provider visits prior to admission for the 104 patients with a diagnosis of tuberculosis

From: Patient and provider delay in tuberculosis suspects from communities with a high HIV prevalence in South Africa: A cross-sectional study

  n %
Category of health provider visited  
Public sector clinic 91 87.5
GP 59 56.7
Traditional healer 15 14.4
Secondary or tertiary hospital 11 10.6
Visited category of provider 3 or more times   
Public sector clinic 30 28.8
GP 15 14.4
Traditional healer 1 1.0
Health provider first visited*   
Public sector clinic 57 55.3
GP 34 33.0
Traditional healer 10 9.7
Secondary or tertiary hospital 2 1.9
Provider that referred patient for admission*   
Public sector clinic 70 68.0
GP 24 23.3
Secondary or tertiary hospital 4 3.9
Self-referred 5 4.9
Common patterns of consultation   
Visited public sector clinic only 34 32.7
Visited public sector clinic and GP 34 32.7
Visited GP only 9 8.7
Visited public sector clinic, GP and traditional healer 8 7.7
  1. GP = Private general practitioner
  2. *Data were missing in one patient for each of these variables