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Table 3 Step patterns and person- days in diagnostic pathway by social and health provider contacts among 294 TB patients

From: Four Degrees of Separation: Social Contacts and Health Providers Influence the Steps to Final Diagnosis of Active Tuberculosis Patients in Urban Uganda

Step patterns     
From To Steps pairsc (%) Total person- daysd (%) Median person-dayse [IQR] Number of patients in stepf
All steps   1,555 32,011 14 (3,27) 294
Self Social contact 171 (11) 7249 (23) 28 (14,53) 171
Self Non-TB provider 87 (5.4) 4009 (12) 29 (16,62) 87
Self TB provider, no diagnosisb 27 (2) 1353 (4) 54 (18,69) 27
Self TB provider, final diagnosisa 9 (0.6) 609 (2) 68 (21,91) 9
Self Any contact 294 (19) 13,220 (41) 29 (16,58) 294
Social contact Social contact 30 (2.4) 515 (2) 14 (2,19) 26
Social contact Non-TB provider 171 (11) 2364 (7) 14 (2,14) 141
Social contact TB provider, no diagnosisb 77 (5) 1123 (4) 7 (1,14) 75
Social contact TB provider, final diagnosisa 73 (4.6) 456 (1) 2 (1,14) 73
Social contact Any contact 351 (23) 4458 (14) 7 (7,77) 315
Non-TB provider Social contact 135 (9) 1746 (5) 7 (2,14) 92
Non-TB provider Non-TB provider 405 (26) 6801 (21) 14 (7,21) 139
Non-TB provider TB provider, no diagnosisb 43 (3) 825 (3) 14 (3,26) 41
Non-TB provider TB provider, final diagnosisa 118 (7) 1500 (5) 7 (1,14) 118
Non-TB provider Any contact 701 (45) 10,872 (34) 14 (7,30) 390
TB provider, no diagnosis Social contact 15 (0.9) 260 (0.8) 14 (3,22) 14
TB provider, no diagnosis Non-TB Provider 38 (2.1) 696 (2.2) 11 (4,30) 37
TB provider, no diagnosis TB provider, no diagnosisb 62 (4) 1551 (5) 14 (5,30) 36
TB provider, no diagnosis TB provider, final diagnosisa 94 (6) 952 (3) 3 (1,14) 94
TB provider, no diagnosis Any contact 209 (13) 3459 (11) 7 (3,17) 181
All steps   1,555 32,011 14 (3,27) 294
  1. Self = Symptom onset or recognition
  2. TB Provider = Gov’t hospital, health center and private hospital
  3. Non-TB providers = Herbal healer, private clinics, drugs stores, village health worker
  4. Social Contact = Parent, spouse, siblings, adult child, other relative, friend, co-worker, neighbor
  5. aTB provider where final diagnosis took place; all patients performed this step only once
  6. bTB provider, no diagnosis where a TB diagnosis was not made in the step
  7. cTotal step pairs capture patients’ movements between two contact points along their pathway
  8. dTotal time represents cumulative person-days spent in a given step pair by all patients who performed it
  9. eMedian person-days spent by patients who performed each step pair
  10. fNumber of patients taking steps, this may exceed N = 294 because some patients performed the same step pairs more than once