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Table 1 Socio demographic characteristics of pulmonary tuberculosis patients in public health institutions, North-West zone of Tigrai region, North Ethiopia, November 2015 to January 2016 (n = 422)

From: Health care seeking delay among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in North West zone of Tigrai region, North Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency (percent)
Age
 15–24 87 (20.6)
 25–34 97 (23.0)
 35–44 112 (26.5)
 45–54 64 (15.2)
  ≥ 55 62 (14.7)
Sex
 Male 255 (60.4)
 Female 167 (39.6)
Residence
 Urban 206 (48.8)
 Rural 216 (51.2)
Marital status
 Married 266 (63.0)
 Single 85 (20.1)
 Widowed 26 (6.2)
 Divorced 45 (10.7)
Religion
 Orthodox 389 (92.2)
 Muslim 29 (6.9)
 Protestant 2(.5)
 Catholic 2(.5)
Occupation
 Farmer 181 (42.9)
 Daily labor 56 (13.3)
 Merchant 55 (13.0)
 House wife 54 (12.8)
 Civil servant 40 (9.5)
 Student 36 (8.5)
Education
 Unable to read and write 157 (37.2)
 Only read and write 55 (13.0)
 Primary 91 (21.6)
 Secondary and above 119 (28.2)
Family size
  < 5 255 (60.4)
  ≥ 5 167 (39.6)
Monthly family income
  < 500 ETB 90 (21.3)
 500–999 ETB 152 (36.0)
 1000–1499 ETB 68 (16.1)
  ≥ 1500 ETB 112 (26.5)
Accessibility of TB center (health center or hospital)
  ≤ 1 h 328 (77.7)
  > 1 h 94 (22.3)