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Table 4 Health system delay in the initiation of TB treatment among patients first receiving advice from non-qualified or from qualified practitioners

From: Health seeking behaviour and delayed management of tuberculosis patients in rural Bangladesh

Characteristics Non-qualified Practitioner SD Qualified Practitioner SD Overall delay SD
Days Days Days
Mean Mean Mean
All 66.52 80.24 70.90 207.66 68.50 151.61
Age
  ≤ 44 67.66 85.58 70.84 97.09 69.07 90.47
  >  44 65.70 76.65 70.93 257.22 68.11 182.80
Sex
 Male 61.01 78.13 72.95 234.65 66.57 169.70
 Female 80.60 84.70 64.55 81.84 73.88 83.33
Religion
 Muslim 69.36 83.79 78.43 225.94 73.35 162.10
 Hindu 45.22 40.93 32.86 42.84 38.56 41.89
Education
 Uneducated 78.72 85.34 74.05 81.92 76.38 84.13
 Educated 61.25 57.23 71.81 64.51 66.53 62.87
Income
  ≤ 3500 70.07 91.03 71.56 273.58 70.75 173.91
  >  3500 58.26 46.13 69.22 100.46 63.07 74.65
BCG vaccination
 No 76.46 89.71 78.81 80.38 77.63 87.10
 Yes 64.79 68.34 71.23 74.51 68.01 78.42
  1. SD Standard deviation, BCG Bacillus Calmette-Guerin