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Table 3 Characteristics of health care units where pulmonary tuberculosis patients were treated according to the type of treatment from October 2009 to September 2010

From: Effectiveness of RHZE-FDC (fixed-dose combination) compared to RH-FDC + Z for tuberculosis treatment in Brazil: a cohort study

Characteristics FDC-RHZE RH-FDC + Z Total p-value
  N % N % N %  
The unit assists over 125 cases yearly     
  No 1989 53.2 3574 48.5 5563 50.1 0.000
  Yes 1748 46.8 3800 51.5 5548 49.9  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit offers DOT       
  No 440 11.8 1621 22.0 2061 18.6 0.000
  Yes 3297 88.2 5753 78.0 905 81.5  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit requests follow up smears    
  No 283 7.6 2135 29.0 2418 21.8 0.000
  Yes 3454 92.4 5239 71.1 8693 78.2  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit has a laboratory facility     
  No 2477 66.3 4763 64.6 7240 65.2 0.070
  Yes 1260 33.7 2611 35.4 3871 34.8  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit has a complete team with physician, nurse and social worker  
  No 2153 57.6 1872 25.4 4025 36.2 0.000
  Yes 1584 42.4 5502 74.6 7086 63.8  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit has a Social Service      
  No 2153 57.6 1872 25.4 4025 36.2 0.000
  Yes 1584 42.4 5502 74.6 7086 63.8  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit has community health agents     
  No 2626 70.3 2980 40.4 5606 50.5 0.000
  Yes 1111 29.7 4394 59.6 5505 49.6  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit has the Family Health Program    
  No 2664 71.3 3573 48.5 6237 56.1 0.000
  Yes 1073 28.7 3801 51.6 4874 43.9  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit has training activities     
  No 3534 94.6 6249 84.7 9783 88.1 0.000
  Yes 203 5.4 1125 15.3 1328 12.0  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit has primary care      
  No 2692 72.0 2205 29.9 4897 44.1 0.000
  Yes 1045 28.0 5169 70.1 6214 55.9  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
The unit has exclusively primary care    
  No 2832 75.8 6543 88.7 9375 84.4 0.000
  Yes 905 24.2 831 11.3 1736 15.6  
  Total 3737   7374   11111   
  1. FDC = fixed-dose combination; R = rifampin; H = isoniazid; Z = pyrazinamide; E = ethambutol, DOT = directly observed treatment.