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Table 5 Time-to-treatment between patients screened for tuberculosis using smear or Xpert MRB/RIF in Botswana

From: Tuberculosis treatment outcomes among people living with HIV diagnosed using Xpert MTB/RIF versus sputum-smear microscopy in Botswana: a stepped-wedge cluster randomised trial

 Smear armXpert MTB/RIF armp-valuea
n = 42n = 159
Median days to initiation of TB treatmentb, IQR22 (3–51)6 (2–17)0.005
  1. a Mann-Whitney test
  2. b Median days – days from specimen collection date to anti-tuberculosis treatment initiation